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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44(0)300 1236789
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and...
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof.
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Beautiful building, a bit disorganized inside.

We primarily went for the historical Scottish stuff which is a new wing. The wing is a bit confusing to find your way around in. Lots of cool stuff but except for being roughly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We primarily went for the historical Scottish stuff which is a new wing. The wing is a bit confusing to find your way around in. Lots of cool stuff but except for being roughly chronological from bottom to top I wasn't able to discerned a plan. The older building is beautiful with a lovely central atrium. Also a bit easier... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Never in all my years (60) having visited many museums. This bar far is the best on of them all. I will be back

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Don't be fooled by the outside. Inside is a wonderful museum that has a fresh contemporary approach to their displays - lot of interactive in the natural history area to keep kids and adults engaged. The history of Scotland is terrific. It's like they kept all the interesting bits and got rid of the boring bits that most museums overwhelm... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is the most wonderful place and amazingly it is absolutely free. There is so much to see, so to do it properly it would take more than one day. The quality of the exhibits is unbelievable. They are presented in such a way that even the hardest to please becomes enraptured by what's on offer. I was truly fascinated... More 

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Onancock, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Impressive artists' works on display. Some very well known artists, including a lovely Reubens, were represented. So we were unexpectedly surprised and delighted at the quality and the quantity. My oil-painting artist husband gave this a thumbs up in praise. Again, friendly folks staffed this place.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I was interested in the Scottish history and it certainly provided, but the exhibit rooms were not in chronological order. I had to wander around guessing what came next. The exhibits themselves were excellent. A great place for someone with Scottish ancestry (not me) but still very interesting.

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wow, Brilliant We didn't expect much as it was free but a tour guide had told us about some of the artefacts so as we were passing we went in. What a great museum, especially the natural history. This is well worth a visit and we can definitely recommend.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

They have amazing prehistoric, Roman, Celt etc displays. They even have several of the famous Lewis chessmen. Fascinating

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Edinburgh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There are many new and old objects to see, as well as a lot of multi-disciplinary information. Kids have their area. The structure of the building is nice and it has been renewed recently. I would recommend it to people visiting Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Amazing museum, never disappointed with a visit. I have personally been a tonne of times and even experienced a good number of their exhibitions. Never let down! BE WARNED THAT A GOOD CHUNK OF THE MUSEUM IS BEING RENOVATED AND WONT BE OPEN TILL 2016!!

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.