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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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Rainy day activity, loads to see and do lots of information and interesting displays. Great for all ages.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rainy day activity, loads to see and do lots of information and interesting displays. Great for all ages.

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Thank Jo90Bucks
Scotland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed it.my granddaughters aged 5 and 7 found the animals downstairs interesting.the further we got into the museum they lost interest.the cafe is expensive.

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Thank Heather G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has got to be the best museum ever. Something for everyone young and old. Plenty space to move around. Amazing exibits, from dinosaurs, stuffed animals, children's activity areas very hands on. My Grandchildren love it, as I do, I've been going since I was a child. Often holds specialist exhibitions.

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Thank Lvira54
Norfolk, Virginia
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There was a lot in this museum, and things that fell into many different categories, but I wish it was organized differently since I found myself having to pass things I had seen to get to sections I hadn't seen multiple times. I also didn't like the fact that the Scotland section was isolated from the rest of the museum... More 

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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If the weather isn't great, a visit to this museum is a fantastic day out for all ages and it's free! There is a gift shop and cafe and the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend.

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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have a spare 3 or 4 hours and have an interest in things of the past, present, Science and Nature, then the National Museum of Scotland is the place for you. Admission is free and the 7 floors of exhibits are accessible by stairs or lifts. There is a restaurant, cafe and a gift shop for a brief... More 

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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a huge fan of museums, great to visit no matter the weather, interesting and great for all ages. This museum is partially good! I have seen a few reviews commenting on the layout, and I see what they are saying... after walking around the main three floors I had to explore a bit to find the Scottish section,... More 

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Thank Katherine K
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited here with my husband, five year old son and our twin 6 month olds. We have been to the museum once before and our oldest son absolutely loves it. The inside of the museum is absolutely beautiful, the architecture is wonderful! The museum has a good variety of exhibits and I challenge anyone to say there isn't something... More 

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Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is plenty to keep children amused, the exhibits are plentiful, and the building has a wonderful, modern feel to it. Entry is free, it was lovely and warm in there and we were able to leave our coats at a cloakroom. There were a few of us and it was cheaper to buy a bag and put the coats... More 

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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 3 days ago 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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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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