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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: 443001236789
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Great Day Out with the Kids!

Plenty of new exhibits with interactive things for kids to do. Really impressed with most of the museum - the early Scottish history stuff is a little dull but that probably just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Plenty of new exhibits with interactive things for kids to do. Really impressed with most of the museum - the early Scottish history stuff is a little dull but that probably just goes to show that they've got something for everyone!

Thank Carol S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Loved it, so interesting and they have a lot there! Could of spent 3-4 hours there! You can donate how ever much you like and you don't feel pressured to do it!

Thank ArPit22
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing museum. But take your time there is so much to see ,explore , discover And it is all free. A must see in Edinburgh ! Bring the entire family We only wanted to stay for a little while but ended up spending the entire afternoon

Thank uehlen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The museum seems to grow evey couple of years You can spend all day in here if need be (if it rains or snows) or just a couple of hours every so often Start at the newest part and work your way up to the roof following scotlands history. The roof could do with a little improving tho to be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This place is packed with wonderful things to see - if only you can find them. The layout is a maze of rooms and corridors off a central oval shape balcony, in a magnificent building. But the layout is very confusing and the floor plan offered to visitors is of little help. It isn't exclusively dedicated to all things Scottish,... More 

Thank MaryJane50
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A flying visit, didn't really use the museum. Had nice drink and sandwich - bit of queue but sandwiches very fresh and interesting choice including for vegetarian. Mainly went in to go up on to the roof with fabulous views over the city and Andy Goldsworthy sculptures. Really helped to see over the cityscape and orientate yourself. Looked as though... More 

Thank drmary145
Carnforth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent a good two hours in the museum and would certainly have stayed if the sun had not been so lovely outside. A rare sight in Edinburgh. The millennium clock is fantastic, the terrace on the 7th floor gives great views and the cafe, does superb cake. We visited the museum as part of the green hop on hop... More 

Thank Denise B
Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Time did not allow us to do the museum justice. There were so many unusual and interesting exhibits which need another less hurried visit.

Thank navvi2016
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a exceptional museum with a huge variety of exhibits. It is not, as I had imagined, an exclusive celebration of Scottish heritage, but there is a good deal of emphasis on celebrating some of the notable achievements that hail from that nation: James Watt and Dolly the sheep are just two examples that spring to mind. I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was totally blown away by this place. So much great history of a variety of things in one building. Worth the visit.

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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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