National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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#2 of 481 in Museums in Scotland
National Museum of Scotland combines one museum on Scottish antiquities, culture, and history and another on technology, natural history, and world cultures to create one of Britain's best facilities for learning and discovery. The overall collection is vast, so look at a map before visiting and choose the galleries you most want to see. A few of the many highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, a mummy mask, and numerous objects that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. Entrance to the museum is free, and you can check items in the cloakroom for a small fee. Check the daily schedule of free themed tours before visiting to see if any interest you. The Museum Brasserie and the Balcony Cafe both serve food and drink. Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This fabulous museum is where Scotland stores its' national treasures. Originally opened in 1866, it has seen much renovation, including today's building with a sleek modern addition. This museum will...  more »
  • Never in my life has one of our kids begged to go BACK to a museum. Well, they did with this one. VERY interactive, with a myriad of exhibits that had something for everyone in my Family. Just a great...  more »
  • Nice Museum in the best British tradition. Affordable and spacious. Definitely recommended for families (very "children friendly").
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  • This is an amazing museum. I wish I’d had another day or two just to spend exploring the museum. I loved the combination of natural history, industrial history, and national history and how it was integrated. I also loved all the locally sourced products in the gift shop, I bought a gorgeous locally woven wool scarf as a souvenir. There were a lot of really interesting science things for sale, too. If I had a million dollars...
  • First off the museum took my breath away it was so beautiful. Second, and more importantly, the experience was made that much better by the help of Ruth. She overheard us say how excited we were and took the time out if her busy day to help us navigate the map and how to maximize our time there. This was not something she normally did. Also, told us what times to do each level and about a show happening later that day. She was so pleasant and helpful it made our day! We loved the museum so much we made a 2nd day of it. Huge thank you to Ruth and the National Museum for making our trip so memorable!
  • This is a great place to go when its a rainy day and you want to treat the kids to something educational. It always has very well presented and interesting exhibitions. A good shop down in the basement and plenty of Cafe stops inside to eat and rest at. also has the Tower restaurant next door if you wish to have a more fancy meal, good value for its money.
  • Amazing place. We went twice for two hours and barely scratched the surface. So many things to see, so much to learn, so many games to play and to explore. Kids loved it and could barely get them out even when they said they are closing. We haven't tried the food, but you're welcome to bring your own. Only negative is the two lifts are quite small for the size of the building. But there are accessible toilets and baby changing on every floor.
  • Great building. Really well presented items. Interactive bits and bobs. Need to return as we didn't have enough time. Did try and get a coffee and soup in the cafe. Our order didn't arise. Had to leave as we're quite old and life's becoming more valuable by the hour!!! But the museum is well worth a visit. Just take a sandwich.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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