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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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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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This is a great museum but just too large to do in one day! Lots to see and would cover the interests of a typical family! The roof terrace is a great place for photos of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum but just too large to do in one day! Lots to see and would cover the interests of a typical family! The roof terrace is a great place for photos of the castle. The museum could do with longer opening times!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This museum is a free attraction, but, don't let that detract you. It is well worth the visit. I did not know that the Scots were such accomplished inventors. The exhibits are broken down into different periods of history. Will go back again some day.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a moderate sized museum that gives you a relaxed feeling. I enjoyed taking time with my wife for a easy day to just be together and enjoy all the artifacts and take a little time to read the information. Best for couples or just adult appeal. If you get an appreciation for tea while you travel the tea... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Well, yet another of our fleeting visits in yet another free attraction but one of the main reasons for us to return to the city for longer next time. It was a gorgeous sunny late summer afternoon so we wanted to make the most of the outdoors but I can imagine happily spending many hours in there on a cold... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great collection far to much for one trip, will be coming back for more. The bronze age through to the Viking area is jut stunning!

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Very interesting things to see from all over the world. Formula one car is nice to see and exhibits are varied each time I have been.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing place to visit it has loads of interesting info about Scotland and so much to read and see. It is good for children to find out about their history would definately recommend this activity for both adults and kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Supper place to visit for all the family small children love the animal section and there is plenty to for everyone else There is a cafe / Restuarant so you need never leave on a wet day to find something to eat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying I'm not really a fan of museums as such, not having made a specific trip to visit just a museum. My wife and I called in on a whistle stop visit to Edinburgh. The museum is very close to greyfriars Bobby that we were visiting. We ended up being there two days in a row.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Theres something about this place keeps dragging me there every time Im in Edinburgh. It's a place for everyone whether they are on their own, with friends or families, from junior to senior everyone can find their peace & quiet with something to do. The tea room on mid level has to be my favorite place, it's open and bright... More 

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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.
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