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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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Must see · Natural History Museum · Specialty Museum
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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  • Fantastic facility - just make sure you a0 give yourself/selves plenty time to explore and b) study the map which shows the internal layout before you set off!!  more »
  • We went with my 3 year old granddaughter and she was fascinated. A great learning experience in a beautiful venue. It really is a great place to spend a day.  more »
  • Stopped for a visit while on a break with the Mrs. Had a pleasant time looking at all the exhibits. It's a pity that a lot of interactive exhibits were closed off due to covid :'( restrictions. That....  more »
  • 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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