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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland (Cowgate)
+44(0)300 1236789
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Ranked #4 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
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 young children, Activities for older children
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Kent, UK
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great museum with lots of different types of displays and exhibitions, they have great wildlife displays with a whole room filled like a menagerie! A History of Scotland and it's people, a science and technology section, Egyptology department, world culture displays you can even go up to the roof and see great views across Greyfriars Kirk which is just across... More

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Paris, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is amazing. It's enormous and there are so many wonderful exhibits about Scotland's contributions to the world, as well as more general topics. The view from the top is one of the best in the city. A must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Definitely one of the best places in Edinburgh for all ages. The exhibits are wonderfully displayed and you will leave learning lots of new things! Gets quite warm in there on a sunny summer afternoon so layer your clothing to suit the temperature inside. I would definitely go back again.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We went in to get out of the cold, but we were glad we did as it's a great place for a wander with plenty to see.

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Liverpool, UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Loved it, so much to see and so exciting. Sad that we only had a couple of hours. Would love to come back.

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lancashire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Was very good and worth a visit. Only went to see the wildlife exhibition so can't comment on rest of museum. It was very busy and as always with these things everyone is moving along in different directions and it can be difficult to read the captions with each photograph due to so many people.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Fabulous place to go - not just to see the great exhibits but to meet friends in the lovely Balcony Café or take children to the excellent childrens' exhibits and play areas. The refurbishment is beautiful. This is one of the best places to visit in Edinburgh in my opinion.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I just love Museums in general. I find them fascinating; but the reason I really enjoyed the National Museum is because I got to see the Lewis Chessmen as well as the treasure of St. Ninian's and the Hilton of Cadboll stone. They just made the trip even more awesome.

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Croatia
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24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Very strange idea of popularising the culture and science. Children running around the museum (I think there should be some respect shown at least in some institutions), puzzled visitors strolling around among various incompatible departmens and exibits... Lack of structure or organization. I am not sure what the organizers of this museum wanted to say to the locals and to... More

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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Visited again as part of attendance at Science Festival with children aged 10 and 12. The activities in the learning centre and on the ground floor certainly enthralled the junior members of our group as they have done on their two previous visits. This time round we did not have time to visit other parts of the museum but have... More

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