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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
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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Pictures !! What can I say ? You look for history and the years you would like to learn more about and see if you can find the beautiful pictures to fit it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Pictures !! What can I say ? You look for history and the years you would like to learn more about and see if you can find the beautiful pictures to fit it.

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Bo'ness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I have been to the NMS several times and fully loved each one! Beautiful building, great wide range of interesting materials, constantly up to date and with frequent new exhibitions to explore. And free! A great way of investing a few hours of your day!

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

Amazing museum, very very well maintained and easy to lose a day and FREE... but please donate if you can as this always adds to the development and further growth of the museum.. have been here now 5 times, with different people from young family members to adult family members to just having an afternoon to myself, and lose myself... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Loved the picture of the king and queen of fairies as featured in a midsummer so nights dream. Some amazing art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Huge collection on everything from Scotland's history to the physical and social sciences. You can easily spend the whole day here.

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

Perfect day out for everyone, even if normally you don't 'do museums'. It's a great rainy day location.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The National Museum of Scotland is situated within easy walking distance of the Old Town area of Edinburgh and is free to enter. Inside there are the usual exhibits you find in many national museums - nature, geography, etc. and these are very good. But where the museum excelled (obviously) was the sizeable section devoted to the history of Scotland... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

It's really good, but I think you could easily miss things if you don't check the map, and have a good walk round.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place, full of interest with the collection really well displayed. We thoroughly enjoyed a free guided tour (there are 3 a day).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My son and I had a wonderful time at the National Museum. It has a terrific section for kids with lots of hands on sections. Very well laid out and lots of places to sit. Everything in Edinburgh is within walking distance in Old Towne and this is included. Terrific places to eat as well.

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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.