National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

4.7
#2 of 522 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. Plan a Edinburgh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • ...You'll take a bit to fully understand the layout, but it's very interesting and filled with surprises  more »
  • We didn't spend enough time here to see the whole thing. We saw two wings, one with animals and one with technology. My son loved seeing all of the animals posed in realistic positions. In the...  more »
  • We loved our visit to the National Museum of Scotland. There are many interesting things to keep both children and adults amused. The particular attraction for us was to see Dolly, the first cloned...  more »
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  • Its absolutely beautiful building, very light and airy. Lots to see and it's not overly busy even when it's a wet day. It's very well aimed at younger kids and families. Very informative and has a bit of everything, which is great. Staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and always willing to assist. Getting into the museum was very simple, no queue and for once, a place that's not going to stop and search every bit of you. It's free and the gift shops, are fairly priced. It's just a really great experience and would very happily go over and over again.
  • An amazing space. A few hours isn’t enough time to do justice to this museum. Could easily do this on a couple of visits., great to escape the drizzle! There’s so much to see and do. High levels of interactivity to keep all ages interested and occupied. It’s amazing that this is a free facility. I recommend you make a donation when you are there.
  • Beautiful museum about Scotland. As a foreigner it interested me. There were also some cool and fun experiments in the science section (I highly recommend visiting it). There's also an animal section where a lot of animals are displayed. The museum is free, but as a visitor you can donate to the museum. This so that everyone can enjoy the museum!
  • One of the best museums I have ever been to. The museum is very interactive. A definite must to bring kids here, they will love it. It is interesting to adults as well. Exhibitions ranging from cultures to technology, space/universe, minerals/rocks, animals, fashion and many more. Will be a memorable one.
  • Absolutely amazing!! So much to see and learn. Interactive areas fantastic for younger children. Lots for older children and adults ... Huge and interesting displays for all ages to experience and enjoy. Coffee shop and toilets. Roof top views fantastic across Edinburgh. Staff knowledgeable and friendly. And it's all FREE.....

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