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“Beautiful building and great exhibitions” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland (Old Town)
+44(0)300 1236789
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Ranked #4 of 460 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner 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
Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful building and great exhibitions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Since the refurbishment, this museum is now wonderful to spend a few hours wandering around. If you've see it all, simply sit with a coffee and admire the people and the building.

Visited January 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
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“Cool Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

It was awesome but so huge... I got lost several times. Extensive exhibits though, and I really enjoyed the one on North America, since I am from there... But it made me feel a little guilty about how we treat our Natives.

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This museum was fascinating and kept my fiancee and I entertained for hours. In fact the only reason we decided to leave was because we were exhausted. The exhibits are fairly random and each room of the museum has a different theme which helped to keep us interested throughout. It's great that it's free but watch out for the extortionate cafe prices! This was probably the best museum we visited in Edinburgh.

Visited January 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Excellent renovation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I grew up in Edinburgh and have visited the museum since I was a child, and much anticipated the Museum's renovation. It is fantastic, the use of the space is genius! Sad to see the fish go but the new layout in the foyer is gorgeous. The animal section is a favourite with my kids - all the interactive areas are fantastic! Upstairs is a little more "grown up", but it works, and the exhibitions are always interesting. I look forward to future exhibitions! Very happy it's doing so well.

Visited December 2012
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