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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: 443001236789
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and...

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof.

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Interesting collection in a beautiful building

Well displayed collections on range of topics. Free entry too. Several cafes. Luggage storage at reasonable charge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well displayed collections on range of topics. Free entry too. Several cafes. Luggage storage at reasonable charge.

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Sligo, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Go! Building interior is gorgeous, spread over several floors. Staff were well informed and v happy to share their knowledge. I focussed on Scottish history sections - really interesting. Small, important point - many labels had print peeling off - a shame but easily rectified

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum will take more than a couple of hours to see and experience. There is so much to see and learn. The museum is free except for special exhibits. While visiting the museum we paid and saw the exhibit on Celtic. The building is old and wonderful and worth seeing.

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Thank Sandra W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you took the London natural history museum and made it ten times better and then stole a load of things from the V&A and crammed them in there too, that's how you would begin to make this wonderful museum. Each room is filled with a cornucopia of wonders from Scotland and all across the globe. You can immerse yourself... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Probably one of the best Museums I've ever visited. To me it was like 4 museums in one and will definitely have something of interest for all age groups. Sadly I only managed a brief couple of hours whereas a couple of days would still not have been long enough. Put it on your list of places to visit and... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on the last day of this fascinating exhibition that showed the linkage between a variety of European peoples who shared artistic and cultural similarities over times up to the Norman Conquest and then during the Celtic revival in the 20th Century. There were gorgeous and spectacular pieces (especially that Cauldron) and the short films were informative and helpful... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great stop, while on a hip on hop off tour we thought if it rains we could be inside. We love Museums and early morning it rained so in we went. Lots to see, interactive things to do. We saw fashion, animals and loads of history. Lovely coffee shop and we bought Scottish jewellery from the special exhibition.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to pass a few hours when visiting Edinburgh, loads of exhibits and some fun educational interactive activities to give you a better understanding of what you are looking at. All of this within a fantastic building that is itself an exhibit worth seeing. There is also a coffee shop and cafe on site and if... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was a lot bigger than what I expected. It is huge and beautiful! It's not just about Scottish history but, it has tons of things that would be entertaining for the kids that are interactive. This museum is very interactive. One of my favorite museums.

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Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent a few hours here,lots of displays fashion through the era's.Interactive stuff for the children ,science,natural history.And some exhibits change,so each visit there will be something different,of course we couldn't leave without visiting Dolly the sheep!Clean toilet facilities,lifts for people with mobility restrictions.About 5 floors of displays to see.Well worth a visit.I have visited Edinburgh lots of times,this is the... More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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