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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great rainy day activity

A very interesting museum, with super parts for little and big kids alike! The Scottish section is a fascinating tour through time and really gives you a great sense of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Madrid, Spain
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to the museum with great expectations, but after two hours I left disappointed. The collection is amazing, the staff really friendly and the display very catching. The layout, a mess. The exhibitions are disorganized. The "Ancient Scotland" area was difficult to understand. It seems like they left a bunch of objects without a clear way to follow a... More 

Thank Clara_c0l
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very interesting museum, with super parts for little and big kids alike! The Scottish section is a fascinating tour through time and really gives you a great sense of the personality of Scotland. Stunning building too.

Thank edinlady_11
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have visited often with friends or by myself if I've had an hour or so to kill in Edinburgh. Love this place, relaxing and really well laid out. Will be visiting for years to come!!

Thank Spidenface
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38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An evening at the museum was a great experience. The lectures, the different events were all amazing. The music was not my taste, and did not feel it appropriate for the Victorian theme.

Thank MathildeGalashiels
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for the Victorian Photography Exhibition and saw lots more. Excellent lunch at its Tower Restaurant

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Edinburgh Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spectacular building, both the old and new bits. Hard to say much about the contents as they are so extensive - you could visit every day for a lifetime and still find something you hadn't seen before. Inspiring.

Thank Anna096
Campbeltown, Scotland
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could spend a lot of time here - good exhibitions, very central and lovely Cafe overlooking the grounds

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved everything about this museum. Its vast, it's fasinating and it's free! We popped in a few hours before closing not realising how big this place was needless to say we were back the next day to see the rest. This place really brings history alive, I'm sure if you were to sleep here you would experience "night at... More 

Howden, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found that the museum was half closed off for refurbishment. Many people told us it would take us longer than a day to get round the whole museum, yet we managed it easily in a day

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

spent an amazing couple of hours wondering about see a mind blowing selection of stuff...really is something to keep all ages happy....only fault is I will need to go back to see the stuff I missed...fab day out ...

Thank Alistair B

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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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