Dynamic Earth
Dynamic Earth
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Visit Dynamic Earth. Edinburgh’s world class Science Centre and Planetarium. Come and experience a journey through space and time to witness the story of planet Earth from beginning to mend. 5⭐events venue and visitor attraction.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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  • Peter K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected delight
    What a brilliant attraction plenty to entertain the young and not so young. There is also an important message through the presentations. The staff are enthusiastic and informative and 2 hours just flew by, you even get caught in a snow shower at one point. Highly recommended just needs to be better sign posted.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • jwest
    Marlborough, Massachusetts121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun afternoon
    This was a fun, interactive experience on the history of the Earth (5+ billion years of it). Many school groups when we went, but plenty to keep adults engaged. The planetarium shows are a bit of a mixed bag. The are many during the day, some are a little repetitive and some are a little bit of a downer (I agree that climate change is bad and we need to do more right now, I'm not sure we are all doomed :)
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • TokyoSean
    Minato, Japan105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids will enjoy learning about geology
    This is a rare science museum focused on geology where the displays are suitable for children of a wide range of ages. The architecture of the museum itself was beautiful as were the views of Holyrood Park. The cafe was corporate-cafeteria like but had good food at good values.
    Hi TokyoSean, Thank you kindly for taking the time to review us. We strive to deliver our educational content in a fun and engaging way for all ages! We are so lucky to have an incredible landmark on our doorstep, and we are glad you enjoyed the view! Our team will be thrilled to hear your kind feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! 🌍
    Written August 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Paul Phillips
    Alloa, United Kingdom121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place worth returning to
    We attended the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". This entailed the playing of the album from start to finish accompanied by a specially commissioned film that was projected onto the dome in the Planetarium. It was a great experience and has given us a brief taste of the complex which we will now return to in order to experience the other shows etc.
    Hi pajoph57, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed our ever popular planetarium show Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon"! Next time, you should visit our award winning interactive exhibitions and daytime planetarium showings, we're sure you will have an 'out-of-this world' adventure! 🌍
    Written September 4, 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Rehya
    Hillingdon, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved it!
    Dynamic Earth really inspired me. It's really interactive and information is easy to comprehend for all ages. It is highly sustainable and has great accessibility arrangements (ramps for wheelchair users and a lift).
    Hi NorthStar28893834727, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed all aspects of our centre. Here at Dynamic Earth, we take pride in creating an inclusive as possible and accessible environment for all our visitors. We do hope to see you again soon! 🌍
    Written September 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Khalid Shehzad
    Luton, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our best ever interactive science experience.
    We went to Dynamic Earth with our 14 years old daughter and 9 years old son yesterday as a final day experience during our three day visit to Edinburgh. All four of us found this to be by far the best interactive science experience that we have ever had (and we’ve been to all the major London museums a few times). The attention to minute detail in every section was amazing e.g. the impressive large, revolving globe at entrance and the super-realistic earthquake experience. My son liked the rhino approaching us up close in the trip to Africa the best. Well done to all the team who make Dynamic Earth so much fun for adults and children alike. Dr K Shehzad
    Hi 106khalids Thank you for leaving your kind feedback, and what a fantastic compliment for us. We pride ourselves in delivering an educational, but engaging, experience for people of all ages, and we are so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again in the future! DE 🌍
    Written September 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Joe_Railwayman
    Crewe, United Kingdom179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant planetarium
    The planetarium was excellent in both shows we viewed (1 the history of stars, and 2 natural disasters). Staff were all very friendly and helpful, and cafe was reasonably priced. The rest of the museum was also good, however aimed at a slightly younger audience than two 30 somethings!
    Hi Joe_Railwayman, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad to hear your experience was a friendly one. We do try to aim our centre towards people of all ages, but we will certainly take your feedback on board! We hope to see you again soon 🌍
    Written November 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • rebecca c
    88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family entertainment, reasonably priced cafe, great planetarium & interactive experience.
    Visited with my 14 year old who had never been to a planetarium - it didn't disappoint! We watched the "what's up? " star gazing film in the planetarium, which was great. The cafe was fairly priced - a welcome change for attraction cafes which often take liberties with their captive audience. Staff throughout were enthusiastic and engaging & the whole experience was fun. In places it was geared to a younger audience & in others older audiences (star formation), so it struck the right balance for good family entertainment, which can be tricky to achieve. We really enjoyed it and would deffo recommend it.
    Hi rebeccaF997VN Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Our planetarium team will be delighted to hear their efforts delivering our live shows are well appreciated! We aim for our centre to be inclusive for all ages, so we are glad you had an entertaining time, and hope to welcome you back soon! 🌍
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
  • maryfabuk81
    256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    Great place for a day out. We went with our children, ranging from 18 to 8 years old and they all enjoyed it. Not many places manage to entertain them all at the same time! The staff were so friendly and helpful too. The auditorium was fantastic. We saw We Are Stars which was great. I've never been in a planetarium before so it was a great experience. I love the concept of moving through time, experiencing the Arctic and volcanoes etc. Really enjoyed it and I'd recommend this to anyone who fancies a different day out.
    Hi maryfabuk81, Thank you for your kind review. Here at Dynamic Earth, we aim to cater to all ages, with the interactivity of our galleries and pushing out as much information as we can about our world! We are also glad to hear you enjoyed your first planetarium experience, and we hope to see you again soon! 🌍 Many Thanks, DE
    Written December 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • May Winton
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great learning experience and great fun!!
    What a great place to learn about our planet!! Totally interactive and so well planned. We loved the volcano experience, the real iceberg, the 3D flight to the rain Forrest. I. Fact we loved it all!! My husband loved the planetarium show. Rally worth a visit!
    Hi Eatout67, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed all parts of our Dynamic tour - the iceberg is always a hit with our visitors! Your kind words will be well received with our team. We hope to see you again soon! 🌍 Many Thanks, DE
    Written December 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
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Emily C
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visited with my boyfriend and we ultimately concluded that we were too old to enjoy the experience (aged 20 & 23 respectively). As previous comments stated the walk through experience was mediocre and full of videos which were similar to ones we’d seen at school. The whole thing was very quiet which made the experience a bit awkward as it was just the both of us walking around for about 30 minutes until we seen other visitors.
However, our day was saved by the wonderful staff. Firstly at the cafe as a girl with dyed hair (sorry didn’t make out the name tag) went out of her way to get us ice and sealable cups that we could take around with us. The planetarium was incredible and we were both in awe of the man’s knowledge. The visuals were amazing and it really did make up for the whole experience.

Overall if you’re looking for value for money I wouldn’t really recommend, I’d honestly just go back for the planetarium only.
Written June 13, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to share your views with us, we are really glad to hear that overall you enjoyed your visit and were blown away by our new Planetarium live show! We will be sure to pass on your positive feedback to the Planetarium Manager, and also to the Cafe team regarding your experience here. The attraction may seem less busy at the moment, as we are severely restricted on the number of visitors we can permit indoors due to social distancing measures and the current covid guidelines - we wish to ensure all our guests and staff are safe & comfortable in their experience, and this may mean you will have some areas to yourself while visiting! Best wishes, DE
Written June 20, 2021
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stephenj67912
Cambridge, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Managed to get a decent booking where many other attractions fully booked up (England half-term). Used the Hop On/Off bus tour to access, which was easy enough and added some extra local history.
Staff were consistently friendly and helpful and attentive to our young children. The walk-through tour is great, fun, interactive, educational. The time machine & visiting of ancient history is great fun, our kids were so excited. The 4D rain forest flight was also a firm favourite.
We saw the CapCom film at the planetarium which was exceptional. Really worthwhile doing.
Losing one star/rating owing to the cafe experience. Young staff seemed overwhelmed, the queue to be seated rarely abated all the time we were there (early afternoon on a Wednesday). Once seated, and all we really wanted was water or some soft drinks, after some wait we had to request service. Arrival of drinks was slow and finding anyone to request the bill prior to our pending Planetarium showing was hard work. It was apparent from other diners comments to staff that ours was not a unique experience. The only thing marring an otherwise lovely family trip.
Written October 27, 2021
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Thanks so much for providing your feedback! We are so pleased to hear that overall your family had a great experience, and had fun exploring all our interactive galleries & learning all about our amazing planet (and beyond!). We will pass your comments on to the Cafe Manager to address and apologise for any disappointment this element of your visit may have caused. With best wishes, DE
Written November 8, 2021
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Gayle R
Perth, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Really enjoyed our visit to Dynamic Earth. Everything is’hands on’ for children. It is well layed out and you can look / read at your own pace. I wouldn’t recommend it for younger children as there are sections that require them to listen for a period of time. I would recommend for 7+.
Written January 7, 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are delighted to hear that you all had such a great time exploring our interactive & immersive attraction, and hopefully it has inspired your to learn even more about our amazing planet. Best wishes, Dynamic Earth
Written January 9, 2020
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rebeccalballantyne
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Absolutely fantastic place! The main tour itself was great, lots to see and do for all ages. The only negative really relates to COVID and the planetarium feature (which is an additional fee to attend). Although there were sanitizer stations positioned all over, the entrance to the planetarium was cramped with around 35/40 people in a really small space. In our opinion the cinema room was too full to effectively reduce transmission risk. Most seats were taken (even seats with stickers saying do not use had people on them). We didn't feel comfortable so got up to leave when a kind lady in a smaller group offered to move so we could spread out. Before the film started all doors were closed which again didn't help with air flow but we decided to stick it out as our daughter was desperate to stay. The film was excellent but I'd be reluctant to go again with the current arrangements in place.
Written August 26, 2021
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Thanks so much for your review and feedback, we are delighted to hear that you all enjoyed your visit and had fun exploring our interactive galleries! We are working very hard to ensure that our guests continue to have a safe and comfortable visit to the attraction now that restrictions have been eased - we will be sure to pass your comments on to the Operations Team regarding your visit to the Planetarium, to discuss how we can improve this going forward. With best wishes, Dynamic Earth
Written August 27, 2021
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Rachael
Liverpool, UK21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very disappointing experience. Waited 20 minutes over our booked time slot to be allowed in. We were then guided around the back corridors rather than through the ‘time travel’ lift. They’d stuck a few random dinosaur figures to play out the fact that they were taking us through around the back. Each room is just a big video screen with stuff you learn in school, couple more figures along the way. A few interactive screens. Then had to wait 15 minutes to do the final video experience with 3D glasses at the end. Couldn’t wait for it to finish.

I absolutely appreciate that covid means things have to be run differently but this was a joke. It needs to be looked at again. Space out people’s bookings so each group can go around at a good pace instead of having to wait between each section.

Credit to the staff who are doing their best to keep things light and entertaining.

If you’ve got kids then it’ll be somewhat entertaining for them, but if you’re an adult thinking this is going to be something to pass an hour or so on a trip to Edinburgh go somewhere else.
Written July 23, 2021
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Thank you for providing us with your feedback, and sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time at our attraction. We are currently operating under very strict legislation due to the global Covid 19 pandemic and all visits must be booked in advance into timed slots, so as to limit the numbers permitted in each area of the attraction, and to allow for the required physical distancing measures etc to be adhered to. Unfortunately, this can mean that on particularly busy days or where customers arrive late etc there can be issues and delays in entering areas of the attraction. The 'Time Machine' lift cannot be used at the moment as it would mean a large group of people in an enclosed space together, hence we are having to take an alternative route back to the beginning of time right now. We do apologise that this has impacted your experience on this occasion and we are looking at ways to improve this for our guests going forward. With best wishes, DE
Written July 30, 2021
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Duncan M
Gatehouse of Fleet, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
You’ve got to be into science to love this. Science centre in Glasgow is much more family friendly and interactive. £64 for 2 adults & 3 kids, which seems a little expensive for what we got. Presentations were over the head of us adults, let alone the 3 kids aged 6 & 8. Maybe we didn’t research it properly before going.
Written March 8, 2020
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Thanks for your feedback, and sorry to hear that you were somewhat disappointed with your experience. We are not a traditional 'science centre' in that we focus on planet Earth specifically and the attraction experience is an interactive "journey through time" rather than a science mall / museum layout. We do appreciate that this type of attraction may not be for everyone though! With best wishes, DE
Written March 9, 2020
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Kelly S
Livingston, UK135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Rather disappointing, I would not say this is a child friendly exhibit. There is a lot of reading and not much interactive exhibits to keep kids entertained. You are hearded through in groups of 4 families through each section and it takes 90min to get around the exhibit. Staff were friendly and appeared knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but I do not recommend this as a family day out with young children.
Written July 31, 2021
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Thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. We realise that this type of immersive / interactive attraction and the content may not appeal to everyone, however we are glad that you found all our staff to be so friendly and knowledgeable. Best wishes, DE
Written August 6, 2021
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DerekandMyra
Inverness, UK331 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We arrived here at 1.45 and were immediately told to go and buy entrance tickets as the desk closed at 2.30. We did this and were astonished to find we had to pay the full entrance fee, considering the place closed at 4.30. We then enquired about getting something to eat, and went to the cafe. Ordered baked potato and tuna for the adults and macaroni cheese and chips for a child. Sat down to eat to be told we needed to be down stairs by 2.30 as that was the last entry time. All the "hot" food was cold, couldn't eat it, disgusting. Had then to run with 2 small children so didn't get time to complain to anyone. Went round the exhibits, this part was good, but then literally thrown out at 4.30. Welcome to Scotland. Not impressed. Would like to see their hot food temperature records. !!!!
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that you have had a disappointing experience. We have passed your concerns on to the Cafe Manager and we will investigate this further. Best wishes, DE
Written February 18, 2020
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LondonMummy76
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Absolutely brilliant visit to Dynamic Earth with my 7 and 10 year olds. They really liked the footage of Apollo 11 landing (CapCom show at the planetarium) and the tour of the biomes. They thought that the graphics were great quality and they “weren’t expecting anything like it.”

One thing stood out to me. All the staff were really relaxed, friendly, chatty and seemed to really enjoy being at work. It made for a really great atmosphere and there was no shortage of staff to explain the different areas and engage with the children.

The cafe could be slightly more exciting but I’m typing while my children demolish their lunch here so clearly they hit the mark with children.

Highly recommend a visit here, great value and we could easily have spent 3-4 hours here.
Written April 1, 2022
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Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback and 5* review! We're delighted to hear that you all had a fantastic time visiting Dynamic Earth, and travelling through time in our interactive galleries. It's always great to hear how amazing you found our staff and we'll be sure to pass this on to the rest of the team. We hope you'll be back again next time you're in Edinburgh! Best wishes, DE
Written April 11, 2022
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Leslie W
166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a wonderful exhibit! There were plentiful guides, and they were cheerful and efficient and seemed pleased to be there. They behaved as if I was traveling in a time machine back to the start of the earth, and then moving forward in time, exhibit room by exhibit room. A group at a time) is escorted into and out of each room for active, engaging exhibits that move through the ages of the earth from the Big Bang. When you’re in the earthquake room and they tell you to hold on, DO IT! Two rooms have sweeping flight videos over the earth, and I wish I had taken motion sickness pills. The exhibit on animals was really good, especially the dinosaur coming through the ceiling. And the rain forest was amazing. There were lots of interactive parts to most rooms, as well. The final room was the planetarium, which showed when I was there a video about atoms and molecules and how they fit together that would be understandable and enjoyable for any age over about 4, I think. This was one of my favorite museums.
Written November 10, 2021
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Thanks so much for your 5* review and wonderful feedback! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed visiting our galleries and embarking on your 'journey through time' to learn all about our amazing planet. We hope that you will be back to visit again the next time you are in Edinburgh! With best wishes, Dynamic Earth
Written November 19, 2021
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