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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 207 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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Blackpool, Lancashire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

You could spend all day here and still not see everything.One of the best museums I've ever been to, and certainly better then the British museum.

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Kirkland, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I jumped at the opportunity to learn about Scottish history - for free! I didn't spend much time in the other exhibits as I just wanted to learn more about Scotland itself. The café was good but maybe a little on the pricey side.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We had to go back a second day and even so, only scratched the surface of this fascinating museum. Learned so much about Scotland & the Scots: medieval history; Scottish inventors and scientists; earliest days, etc. Loved the millennium clock. Plus there are a couple of nice cafes where you can get tea or lunch. To top it off, this... More

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Israel
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This attraction which is free of charge is a big good surprise. When you enter you see an excellent collection of paintings. I didn't like the fact that there was no security at the entrance at all

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I was bought here by a friend as I was interested in the pictish artwork. They had an excellent selection of Pictish artifacts ranging from boars, lions, fish and spirals. There were also examples of beautiful celtic knot work, cauldrons and the religious belief of the first people of Scotland. I also really enjoyed the pre-historic/natural history section as well.... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Hard to follow timeline in exhibits. Jumbled feeling to tired tourists. Did have some very interesting individual exhibits.

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England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Years ago I read a book by Ian Rankin, the Edinburgh author who writes stories about Inspector Rebus. Within this book there was mention of some teeny tiny coffins found on Arthur's Seat, and it mentioned that they were housed in the National Museum of Scotland. So on the back of this I planned a visit to see them, this... More

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Did not have a lot of time to visit this museum so hit the Scotland and Scottish history areas. They were very good and there were even some live entertainers performing on the day we were there. We even went up to the roof to take in the sites, even though it was raining. Like all the museums it was... More

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Never been to such an inspiring and fascinating museum in all my life, and I feel that a group of teenagers enjoying it as much as we did says a lot about how mind blowing it was!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see at this wonderful museum that there is bound to be something for anything to catch interest. Take your time to see everything. Plan at least an entire day and then go and have a coffee break and end your wonderful museum day at the well-known Tower Restaurant with its lovely view. I did an... More

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