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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland (Cowgate)
+44(0)300 1236789
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Ranked #6 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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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Only spent a couple of hours looking round before having to catch a train. So much to see in a really interesting building - they have added the new wing in such a way that you do not realise it is not part of the original building. Well worth a visit, must plan another trip.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This place is fantastic. There is so much to see and do. You can spend most of the day here. It's well layed out and easy to walk around.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I'd do a 2 hour visit each day as it's enormous and wonderful. The interior architecture itself is enthralling and fits the displays perfectly. It's a great place on a rainy day as the natural light inside is fabulous.

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Darien, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I thought this museum would focus a little more on Scotland, but it seems to be more of a general museum with tidbits about animals, technology, cultures (other than Scotland), etc. If you are looking for Scottish fun facts, I would suggest you look elsewhere. If it is raining, however, I think this would be a good way to spend... More

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New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see and take in. Give yourself time to really look around. Great display of Scottish history. Was surprised it was free.

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Galway, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Loved it all, great combination of new and old from the prehistoric to Formula 1 car. Amazing exhibition on Ming dynasty on at present, highly recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I can honestly say this is one of the best museums I've been to. I've been to the Vatican museum, the British museum, the Louvre and other such famous museums but I actually liked this one better. The things that made it stand out for me were: The gorgeous Victorian architecture, the beautiful limestone floors with ammonites and bits of... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed its customer friendly environment; not boring like other museums. Need at least 3 hours to explore all areas. suggest to others.

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San Diego, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Knowing we couldn't see even a quarter of the museum during our visit, we chose to focus on the Scotland rooms. The items are intriguing, comprehensive and very well mounted and described. However, the curators have chosen to arrange rooms by themes which unfortunately becomes disorienting and you actually lose the sense of progression in time. For example, a room... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It's a fantastic museum, filled with great exhibits and knowledgeable and helpful staff. You can easily spend a day here exploring all of the floors, and then return a few months later to see the next 'guest exhibit.' There is a café selling coffee, cakes and sandwiches which is also great.

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