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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Why not visit this little treasure, tons to see and great if you take along a little kid, to see their little faces when they find something they like is a moment to be treasured. Great fun.

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Orlando, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

As with any museum it takes a long time to see all the exhibits and read the excellent descriptive signs. We focused our 2 hour visit on just the Scotland section and covered only levels -1 and 0 reading about 10% of the descriptive plaques. On the -1 level, which portrays pre-historic Scotland, each display cabinet has a time-line chart... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

One could spend days here to properly cover all the exhibits. They museum covers a few content areas - nature, culture, technology, art & design, and Scottish history. I started off going room by room, but soon realized it'd take me days to get through everything. Since I was a visitor in Scotland and the other exhibits were not Scotland-specific,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I spent several hours going through this temporary exhibition and loved it. It was well laid out and the contents shown were fascinating. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in China's history.

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MILL CREEK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The museum is very attractive and welcoming inside. It's bright and airy in the central hall with many interesting and well done exhibits throughout the complex. It covers the history of Scotland as well as some science and technology.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

loved it all, took along time to look at everything but it was worth it. a bit expensive but I guess that is normal is places like this

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a marvellous venue whether solo or as a family. Free entry and a simple guide to the fantastic history of Scotland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We and our three kids (5,7 and 12) had a whole day of fun at the museum! They almost had to throw us out at closing time! Many activities for the kids and we probably only had time to visit half the museum. The restaurant is nice and reasonably priced. And best of all, entrance and activities are free!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You can get lost in here for hours, brilliant. Great for families and solo travellers alike. Wish they had wifi.

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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This museum is so worth a visit. We have been to a few museum in our time but this 1 is by far the best. you think you have seen it all then you turn a corner and there is something else to look at and do

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