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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: 443001236789
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Fantastic place to visit.

Visited today on a day trip to the city. Spent hours in there with my 6 year old son, as expected the dinosaurs and fossils were a bit hit, there is so much to see and lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Angela B
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited today on a day trip to the city. Spent hours in there with my 6 year old son, as expected the dinosaurs and fossils were a bit hit, there is so much to see and lots of interactive things to experience. Staff were friendly and helpful, the whole place is lovely, clean and well presented, would definitely recommend a... More 

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Thank Angela B
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Didn't know what to expect but had a really interesting few hours. Loved the animals and space shows and displays. Lots to learn. Up to the same standard as those renowned museums in London

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Thank Jessie W
United Kingdom
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed visit but allow several hours as there is so much to see. Entry is free but there is a small charge for taking coats and bags. We thought the Cafe was a little expensive.

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Thank Outandabout22
Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant time spent with my boyfriend exploring this museum. There was lots to see and do, great value as it's an optional donation as an entry fee. Very enjoyable and fascinating! I have recommended visiting here to friends and family!

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Thank fl0werbabe
Perth, Australia
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had never been here before but glad we finally went. Ideal day out (in) when it's wet and cold outside as it was for us. Easy to get to from the train station and very worth a visit. Loads to see and do especially for the kids. With 7 levels you be bored although we couldn't visit the outside balcony... More 

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EDINBURGH
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have nothing but great memories of visiting the museum when I was younger, sad to say that it's gone slightly down hill and has lost its spark Half the museum is closed off to make room for a new art exhibition that will be opening soon, I'm not too sure what will happen to the previous items when they... More 

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Thank ASHLEE21
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was really great. You can spend a full day and leave feeling great about it. The only reason it doesn't get a perfect score is the fact that the lighting is atrocious. It was super difficult to read the captions of exhibits after 3.

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Thank MidnightOverlord
Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could spend almost an entire day here there is so much to see and do. Lots of good stuff for children and adults alike.

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Thank Vincent T
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to visit with lots to see. Had lunch in the gallery cafe which was excellent and the sandwiches were very good indeed. Great place to spend a few hours looking and learning.

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Thank Andy W
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The only thing I did not like was the I did not have enough time to spend . You need more than one visit. There is so much to see: from great collection of historical pieces that take you back in time to all kind of artifacts used for the Scottish population in the past to fossils and animals skeletons... More 

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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.
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