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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland (Cowgate)
+44(0)300 1236789
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Ranked #5 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Everything you would expect in world class museum. Dinosaurs, flight and special Scotland sections. There was even a section on 400 anniversary of Napier who announced logarithmss!

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Marina di Carrara
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing Dolly, the chessmen. Kids can interact with a lot of activities. A living museum Well displayed.Something interessing for all

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It has been about 30 years since I was at the museum so I decided to take my gran children , oh what a day! It was amazing with things to see and lots of things for the kids to do especially with all the hands on activities for them. There was such a variety of things to see including... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best museums we have been to. Can't recommend it highly enough. A wonderful place.

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Perth, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building. Really beautiful glass domed grand hall area. Is free entry - always good. (A donation is appreciated of course). Some great interactive stuff - always good for kids (and curious men/others). Dolly the sheep is here. Great place to go if it is raining - OR - Tip - go to the roof terrace, especially if it's fine... More

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Lovely museum, good range of artefacts. Lots of interactive things to keep the children happy. Set out very well. Cafe. Free to enter ( donations accepted) Recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

No one else showed up for a "sports tour" ,so we changed the tour guide mind to give us a History of Scotland tour instead! We got so lucky! Thanks This is a huge place so pick a subject.

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great displays of nature, animals, geology, historical-advancements, cultural artifacts, with emphasis on Scotland. Well worth the time - very informative, interesting, and nicely-presented! It was even free, with donations appreciated. Loved our time spent exploring this museum.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A collection of international repute assemble in two very different but co-joined buildings. In the Victorian Hall of glass and iron, with balcony us around a central open space, are collections relating to culture, science, Art and technology. The array of inter-active displays means that there will be something of interest to every age and interest. The light and open... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Loved everything about it. Well worth suggested £5 admission donation, and more. Could spend more than a day. Good interactive areas for children. Only negative was that it could have been better signposted internally

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