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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 a Edinburgh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Help out as a parent on a P2 school visit. Although it has been refurbished since my last visit which was 20 years previous. It still had retained all the character and enjoyed my visit. More... 
    Help out as a parent on a P2 school visit. Although it has been refurbished since my last visit which was 20 years previous. It still had retained all the character and enjoyed my visit. More...  more »
  • it is one of the best places to spend the day in edinburgh especially if it rains and inside it has everything you need it is fantastic the only bad thing is the bathrooms are so small that the baby.....  more
    it is one of the best places to spend the day in edinburgh especially if it rains and inside it has everything you need it is fantastic the only bad thing is the bathrooms are so small that the baby.....  more »
  • Can't see everything on one visit, recommend coming often; try to see Millennium Clock in operation. 
    Can't see everything on one visit, recommend coming often; try to see Millennium Clock in operation.  more »
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  • Fabulous, you would need a whole week to get around it and appreciate it all, I recommend dedicating a day to each floor! Free entry, no queue, cafe and toilets inside. I found there was sections that I loved, the millennium clock for example, wow, and the animal exhibits, and the Eskimo section, I apologise, I'm sure it's called something different, but they have coats made out of intestines! And pottery and glass, and theatrical masks, and telephones through the ages, I remember using the A and B buttoned phones via an operator, and that's the early 1980s, not that long ago surely 😬 cars and engines through the ages, and wheelchairs, bikes, light aircraft, medical equipment, it's all just fascinating. Allow yourself a whole day for this delight or at least a decent afternoon. Don't forget your camera.
  • That was the best time of my life. 5 stars are too few. The museum was the best way to enjoy ourselves not for a few hours but for the whole day!! Which was unbelievable. We spent 5 whole hours to see all of it and I'm sure we missed some exhibits too! In every corner you see something fascinating and interesting that keeps you engaged. You can interact with some which was awesome, you can get quizzes and every few steps you think that you learn the most interesting thing, but no, there's so much more. You learn about cultures, religion, science, animals, the planet. It was FANTASTIC. Would visit again if I had more vacation time. Staff were very informative, ready to help you in any way they can. There is a small cafeteria too to eat and rest. Bit overpriced but its definitely worth it since there is no entry fee to the museum. Be prepared though, wear good and comfy shoes.
  • Stunning building which is nice and bright, not overcrowded. Nice to be able to enter for free and have donation points around the place. Some really nice points of interest and they look to have some regular short term exhibits. Only downside is we found there were lots of kids running wild from school trips. They seemed to be mainly around the nature areas so it did quiet down around other areas. The roof terrace has a great view.
  • Oh what a wonderful visit. I can spend hours and hours and still find new things to learn. Museum is well maintained, the exhibits are all informative and staff is helpful. The gift shop is good too. Take the day off and be prepared to walk.. lord!
  • AWESOME!!! Bring your kids, bring your neighbors, bring your grandkids, heck bring your friends. free museum. Free toilets. Delicious cafe. Very helpful staff. Days upon days can be spent here. 8 floors, with access to the roof which has an awesome view of the city. Elevators available for use to every floor you need. We spent an hour just on floor 1 of Scotland history. Seriously this place is huge and has so many different sections. A science-robotic section is really cool and interactive. Definitely coming back.

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