This attraction is free and is a great place to spend a long or short time with or without children. The refurbishment means that the displays are grouped in themes and sometimes the new minimal signage is frustrating if you are used to the old fashioned signs with lots of information. However, the bite sized chunks suits the kids vey well.
There are plenty of hands on exhibits and a whole hall of hands on science experiments which is really good, though you sometimes have to queue.
My favourite gallery is the early Scotland/Romans area in the new wing which has beautiful stone floors, low light and amazing art installations, in bone and slate among others, which complements the exhibits perfectly.
The cafes are good and the shops have some lovely gifts as is usual with museum shops.
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