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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44(0)300 1236789
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: 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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Great space.

Too much to see in a few hours. Loved the space. The SCOTISH history section, the cafe downstairs was excellent free wifi and admission. Perfect

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Too much to see in a few hours. Loved the space. The SCOTISH history section, the cafe downstairs was excellent free wifi and admission. Perfect

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We have been fortunate enough to visit scores of fine museums in the U.S. and abroad, and I found the National Museum of Scotland to be one of my very favorites. A great mix of two buildings, old and new, house an eclectic mix presented in a delightful way which appeals to all ages. The roomy galleries of this 150... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is a beautiful building but all the exhibits I wanted to see were closed for refurbishment. I understand they need to do these things but why not do it in the off season. Not during peak tourist time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

You can spend hours on end viewing all the displays. A truly amazing place, And it's free. Friendly knowledgeable staff well worth giving a donation. ten out of ten

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was our 4 th trip & still discovering more & more. Fascinating Millennium clock that is great to visit when it chimes at 1pm. Lots & lots for kids to do & free entry but please donate to keep this fantastic museum open!

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Pelham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This museum had a little bit of everything in it so everyone could find something interesting. Great way to fill some time or great for an intended destination. I wish I could have spent more time there.

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Weston-super-Mare
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I loved the unusual layout of this museum. Not just rows of cabinets. Objects/items mixed together which held your attention and a really varied selection of things to view. Even the building is beautiful too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

lots of variety of things to see for all ages and interests. There is also a very nice cafe for a bite to eat.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see in this museum, you may want to have a plan going in. Choose what you are most interested in if you only have a limited amount of time. I was disappointed that the Dolly display was temporarily closed. As a biologist, I really wanted to see her, but it gives me an excuse to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This museum has a wealth of things to see. If you enjoy museums, allow yourself several hours to see the highlights. Lots of Scottish history here along with many other interesting exhibits.

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Additional Information about National Museum of Scotland

Address: Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44(0)300 1236789
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Staying in Old Town

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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.