We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Museum of Scotland

Travelers' Choice award winner
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44(0)300 1236789
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6,018 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4239
    Excellent
  • 1420
    Very good
  • 293
    Average
  • 48
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Fantastic

Brilliant museum - well thought-out displays in a lovely building. We particularly enjoyed the Gamesmaster retro video games exhibition.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
JoePaxton
,
Manchester, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

6,018 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Brilliant museum - well thought-out displays in a lovely building. We particularly enjoyed the Gamesmaster retro video games exhibition.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bristol, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We spent an amazing afternoon exploring the gems in this museum. It is a huge place! Lovely glass lifts make it accessible for all. If you were limited for time is well worth checking out the highlights on the map. We liked the space section and survival about animals.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

I would highly recommend this museum to adults and children alike. It is housed in a beautiful building, light and with lots of galleries leading off the central area. There is something for everyone, natural history, cultures, science, music, space. Very well laid out and informative with lots of hands on parts for all ages. Although a donation is suggested,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Athens, Greece
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

So much to see,so much to explore so much to learn of the world, i.e natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and of course Scottish history!!! All in one place, in one roof!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kilkenny, Ireland
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a visit, anything and everything to see, we didn't have any children with us, but the whole museum is very child friendly . We spent over 4 hours in here drifting through the exhibits I imagine you could visit many times without getting bored . It was definitely one of my favorite things to do. Loved... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Top Contributor
246 reviews 246 reviews
50 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were impressed that such a comprehensive and well-run museum could be free! Lots of kids about, and they seemed to have excellent interactive programs for us. We went to the sections on Scottish history and culture, and were quite pleased. After we tired ourselves out, it was time for a coffee in the 3rd floor gallery. This not quite... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I've visited the museum after seeing it in Trip Advisor. It's a great museum and I enjoyed it especially in the history of Scotland.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Packed Lunch space, interactive areas- need a few days to really get the best of this massive museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cardiff
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The museum is deceptively large with several floors of exhibits to explore. There is a good mix of hands on exhibitions to keep younger visitors entertained and plenty of written information near each exhibit to satisfy curious older visitors. We spent 3 hours in here (entrance is free) but could have easily spent a lot longer.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The museum is in two parts, which is in itself very interesting: a general interest part in the old building, which explores the world so that the Scottish nation (the younger generations especially) is informed and educated; and then the new, national part, that demonstrates to the Scottish nation--and to visiting foreigners--what Scotland is about. So the museum performs both... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed National Museum of Scotland also viewed

 

Been to National Museum of Scotland? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Museum of Scotland and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
26 days ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from National Museum of Scotland staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?