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National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

95 reviews
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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom
0300 123 6789
http://www.nms.ac.uk/
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Under a single roof you can discover what secrets rest in Egyptian sarcophagi, how you size up next to a giraffe, or delve into the Kingdom of the ancient Scots. A visit to Scotland’s National Museum ... Read more
offers a comprehensive view of the world we live in, with galleries that cover the wonders of the nature, the mysteries of exotic cultures, scientific innovation, art, design, and, of course, the history and people of Scotland. You can even participate in a free themed tour, which happen daily at 13:00 and can focus on anything from Scottish snuff boxes to animal survival.

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Padua

Beautiful museum in Scotland with a very interesting part dedicated to animals. Great for kids

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Ottawa

You can easily spend a full day in this museum! There are so many different displays over five floors of museum space (including Dolly the cloned sheep!) and the best part of it all is that entry is free and donation based! There’s also a small cafe with food and drinks that is on site.

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Local from Edinburgh

Great museum - smaller than London's Natural History Museum but packed with engaging material and interactive exhibitions. Great for kids, lifts and baby changing everywhere. Free entry too!

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Recently had a major refurbishment which has totally transformed what was already one of the best museums in the UK. You could easily spend a full day here and keep the children entranced. The Tower restaurant is also excellent. In 2017 the museum was the most popular attraction in Scotland with 1.81 million visitors. All this and entry is free!

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Local from Edinburgh

The National and Royal Museums of Scotland are two of my favourite places in Edinburgh. After the recent refurbishment of the Royal Museum it’s perfectly suited for families looking to entertain some knowledge-hungry little ones.

I have fond memories of disappearing into the museum to sketch during my college days, and it still doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re capturing the exhibits or the patrons it’s a wonderful place to fill a sketchbook.

Make sure to visit the roof terrace on the National museum for some unique views of Edinburgh.

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Local from Edinburgh

Good place for families. I always take friends and family visiting here and they love it.

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Local from Edinburgh

The national museum is awesome. A great place to geek out at various science and art collections.

Occasionally they will have interesting exhibitions around technology, space etc so caters to lots of different interests.

Free entry too!

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Pro 2018

Great building, loads to see and do for the kids and adults. Walking distance from Waverley station (10-15 mins)

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Sydney

It’s free and they also have luggage checking! You can also meet Dolly the sheep.

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Local from Edinburgh

The building is quite pretty inside and the roof gives a really good view of the Edinburgh’s Old Town. As a museum, it’s a mix of nature, science and culture. Good as a family visit but not that interesting if your focus is on art.

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Barcelona

Although I expected a lot being a british museum and after being to lots of different London museums, I was deceived by the things I saw in the National Museum of Scotland.

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Local from Edinburgh

A beautiful Victorian building right in the centre of town, renovated recently. Lots to explore.

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Local from Edinburgh

I LOVE this place. I really don't know how you could hate it to be honest. It's got dead things, buttons to push and things to stand on. The only reason you'd probably hate a free place of culture was if you were a fun sponge.

Oh, and it's also free. FREE FUN!

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Local from Edinburgh

Fantastic museum with a great mix of history, interactive exhibits and GIANT ANIMALS

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Local from Edinburgh

A great day out for everyone. So many different things to see and explore. Lots for kids but definitely not just for kids! The building is also beautiful
It has a gift shop and a cafe
You could spend a good day here and learn so much
The science area is great for interactivity

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Local from Edinburgh

Lots to do and see. I've been twice and barely seen 50% of what the museum has to offer.

Top tip - visit the 7 floors of scottish history!

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Local from Edinburgh

Really interesting museum, for families but really for everyone. Can't believe it's free. Good museum shop too!

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Brockton

Entrance to the museum was free of charge. Inside There was a Jacobite, exhibit that you did have to pay for. Very interesting and worthwhile.

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This is a great place to go with the kids and it's free! It's a huge modern museum with lots of interesting things to see and some interactive exhibits. The building alone is worth seeing. You'll be exhausted after a day here.

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Copenhagen

You should go there to visit one thing: Burke & Hare Murder Dolls – A bizarre and mysterious story about a killer duet that sold the bodies of their victims to a doctor for needs of a medical school. Creepy!

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Aliases: national museum of scotland, royal museum of scotland, The Museum of Scotland, The Royal Museum

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