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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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It was an amazing place but there was too much to see in one afternoon so we thought we would just look at the History of Scotland section and even that took longer than we'd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It was an amazing place but there was too much to see in one afternoon so we thought we would just look at the History of Scotland section and even that took longer than we'd expected. It's very interesting and well worth at least one visit but we did find it hard to find a direction to follow. One of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We have visited this museum before, and have just visited again during our recent stay in Edinburgh. The museum is free and we spent over two hours in it. It is a modern building with great displays and everything from animals to silverware, to everything else you would expect from a museum. The building itself was quite badly designed though... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We were in Edinburgh for a few days and ran out of time to do a proof vous it to the National Museum of Scotland. However we did use the restaurant which is on the lower ground floor of the Mueseum with direct access into Princes Street Gardens. It also had the bonus of being very convenient for the train... More 

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ABERDOUR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We live in Fife and go to the Museum at lest 5 times a year. It is packed with things from all over the world. There's lots to see and do. Always new exhibitions happening. Never a dull moment. Highly recommended for families.

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Ballymena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

weekend in edinburgh just discovered by accident we went in and i felt like i was 8 yrs old agin with all the stuffed/ model animals with a massive tyrannosaur which had me shaking more than a washing on a turbo spin with excitement. i really wish i had more time to around this olace as it was so much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great to visit time and time again with toddlers who love the large open spaces and the animals. Parking can sometimes be a bit of an issue. Have visited both cafés and they are good and both very child friendly.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We didn't have too much time but really enjoyed the Animals section! There is so much to see though so I will try and go back to explore the other rooms more.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I was visiting my home town and while visiting the museum we decided to use the cafe. We were met by a rude young lad who snapped when we asked where the trays were and then snatched the money from my hand at the till. The duty manager was helpful but was a poor display from a young lad providing... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Loved every minute of it, as did the family. Definitely do a tour, it is a great way to see all the exciting bits, so you don't miss a thing. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

One of the best museums I have visited in my life. It's big, spacious and very well organized. The café n the 3rd floor is great. We visited th Game Masters exhibition and it was really fun! The National Museum of Scotland is a must-go place when visiting Edinburgh!

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