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. Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Hi, I permanently use a small manual wheelchair to get around and I visited the museum with my wife. The day was dricht and we were keen to park as close as we could. There is limited parking near the...  more »
  • The museum looks very inconspicuous Yes from the outside, but inside there are great 1150sqm and exhibits; In addition, the admission is free; If you then still on the roof terrace in the 7.Stock, it has stunning views of the city
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  • A must place to visit. Besides being free, it has many funds, including a variety of stuffed animals and dinosaur bones.
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  • It's one of my favourite places. The main atrium is stunning, and so luminous. It's very big, and each room treats a bit of everything, from animals, to technology, from history to science... It is very interesting, informative and even Interactive at times. I love that all that knowledge comes for free. It's great for all ages, for families and to go alone, too. There are also temporary exhibitions and festivals that go on as well, but those you have to pay. There is also the Balcony Bar, which I recommend if only become I love being in a coffee shop while being at the same time in a museum, and it is right on the main atrium which I was talking about. The quality of the food is variable, but still worth the atmosphere.
  • Amazing museum, with so many floors, you could spend the whole day here easily. Good to adults and even tiny children. They have play areas for the little ones, so you can wear them out first. Then push the sleeping kid through the museum. Brilliant. This is a very eclectic collection of so many things, art, machines, taxidermy, fossils, minerals, statues, dishes, ceramics. The list goes on and on. We started with a quick bowl of soup and coffee on the ground floor. Both soup and coffee were really good. Nice gift shop, spendy but good quality. A very nice place to spend a cold rainy day. It's free to the public, but they do have donation boxes, so if you can donate please do. Very accessible as they have escalators and elevators.
  • One of the best attractions in Edinburgh. Absolutely lots to do and see. Very popular so expect it to be busy. Displays are excellent with everything from prehistoric animals to airplanes to technology. Some very nice food too in a variety of eateries. Free in though donations are encouraged. A very good wildlife photographer of the year exhibition at the moment has an admission fee but was well worthwhile.
  • This museum was amazing and had a large majority of the exhibits focused on the history and role of Scotland in the world itself. It was thoroughly enjoyable. There were a lot of other interesting exhibits here beyond that as well. Plan for 3-4 trip for well rounded experience, but can be done in 2 hours if you stick to the Scotland only stuff. Definitely check out the roof terrace view!!!
  • Really interesting place and one of the cheaper options to visit as a tourist. I would really recommend it for families they had have a lot of very interactive exhibits for the children. It's also arranged chronologically starting in the basement as per history or early history and getting more and more recent as you reach upper levels. There are also some really interesting and unique views on the observation deck. I would recommend taking the stairs which can be a hike but the elevator seemed to take quite a while to reach the top floor and their was only one.
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