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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Categories: Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 10,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Went to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Superb range of photographs covering animals, plants etc. Really impressed with the quality and range of subjects, skill and technical aspects of the pho...  read more »
  • This is a 'must see'. One day is not enough to see all the different attractions. It is huge. It has many hands on activities for people of all ages. It covers life from the early beginnings to tomorr...  read more »
  • Both if travelling alone, as a couple or with kids you should miss this bit of Scottish history. It is better to do it with some guide that explain it to you in detail since there are many pieces that have a story incredible.
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  • I think I probably visit once every three months, it is a great way to spend a wet afternoon, there is so much to see and it's great for kids too. The old building alone is worth visiting just to marvel at the architecture, they really don't build them like they used to. The cafe does a decent coffee and selection of food too. Remember to put a donation in the box, free entry is a matter of karma.
  • I spent nearly all day at the museum exploring all of the exhibits including the Celts exhibition. The Celts display was well worth the entry fee and I enjoyed marvelling at the beautiful gold jewellery in there and learning about the artistry of the Celts. I also loved exploring the displays on funerals, weddings, musical instruments and fabrics. The best bit was going to the rooftop garden and peering out across Edinburgh's skyline. Lots of things for kids and adults to do here and most of all, most of it is free. One tip: Leave your selfie sticks at home..they drive other visitors insane and, really do you need a photo with every stuffed animal in the Natural Science section? I ate at the museum was nice, service was excellent but some of the combinations of some of the sandwiches are a little strange. Enjoy exploring!
  • Superb museum full of objects of wonder and significance. Fabulous Victorian architecture blends with the best of modern design to create a beguiling and informative space. Despite always being busy, the museum has an air of calm once you rise up from the undercroft. So many tremendous little nooks and crannies to discover, stuffed with the unexpected. Go explore. You will not be disappointed.
  • It is just outstanding! Defiantly one of the first places to visit in Edinburgh! Absolutely superb for toddlers and kids as well as adults, it's totally free and there is so much fun stuff going on along side with brilliant history and all the educational side of it. So please do your self a favour and make sure you visit this remarkable place! A************* From our family
  • Possibly my favourite museum in Edinburgh. It is bigger than it looks, so you better plan quite well what you want to see. I am particularly fond of their Prehistoric, Celtic and Roman Scotland exhibition in the new building. And I absolutely love the Victorian gallery in the old part of the museum. For some of the best views in town head to the roof terrace.
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