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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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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. Plan to visit National Museum of Scotland during your Edinburgh vacation using our convenient Edinburgh travel itinerary maker.
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  • The National Museum of Scotland exceeded all by expectations. As a group, we were only there for a few hours but you could spend all day there as there is so much to see and do. There are exhibitions ...  more »
  • I like museums. This one has something for all ages and tastes. I particularly liked the Scottish men and women who changed the world with their inventions or discoveries etc  more »
  • Amazing something nice to do but there are many different things amazing 100% recommend loads of different things to do and see would suit all ages  more »
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  • This place is HUGE. Absolutely amazing. It took us around 4 hours to do only one floor. (To be fair, we took our time.) I highly recommend this lovely place. However, the restaurant on the ground floor didn't have a lot of food options. So I'd suggest eating on the 3rd floor or bringing your own food. We're going back tomorrow to see the rest!! Can't wait!
  • Pretty great place and it's free! You can spend as little time there as you like or an entire day! Lots of interesting things to see. And a few fun things for kids to interact with. The flow of the museum wasn't the best but other than that no complaints.
  • It's just a fantastic museum. Give yourself ample time to stroll through. Entry is free but donations are recommended. Great place to go with kids. Lots of stuff for them to explore and play around with. But certainly not just for kids. Very engaging as an adult as well.
  • Amazing museum with free entry (donation-based system)! A large variety of topics covered, from the animal world to technological innovations, fashion and design, and Scottish history. Definitely worth spending a few/many hours there. It's also a great place for kids with many interactive platforms and games.
  • This had been one.of my favourite places to visit since I was a child. It has changed a lot over the years but it is still great. I love taking my grandchildren. There is a cafe which is quite expensive but there is also a room with tables and chairs you can use if you bring your own food. There are plenty of toilets and they are all fully accessible for everyone.

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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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