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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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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
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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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The free museum (donations welcomed) was a nice way to spend the morning with children in Edinburg. There was lots to see with many hands on/interactive activities which children... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The free museum (donations welcomed) was a nice way to spend the morning with children in Edinburg. There was lots to see with many hands on/interactive activities which children love.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ok, maybe that's a little OTT, but honestly, it's a wonderful building, fabulous exhibits, some of the best stuffed animals and it's free! Yes there are better examples (london,NY) but that shouldn't mean this doesn't get full marks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had great time last week ,spent so long I popped out for lunch and finished tour when I came back in ,great day out for all the family ,kids couldn't believe wee used to turn a dial to ring a phone number lol,all for the price of a small donation

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Ellon, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Celts. This is an amazing exhibition - very interesting and informative. The artefacts were displayed so that they could be viewed in all their glory. The accompanying information was succinct and easy to read. The video presentations and interactive screens seating areas were strategically placed. We spent over two hours there and went on to visit other areas in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is a wonderful place for tourist and locals alike. It's free to enter. You could spend hours here exploring the history of Scotland, animal life, science and technology, and world cultures. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. A wonderful place to visit on a rainy or windy, cold day as well.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great museum that cannot be taken i There is something for everyone and if I have any criticism the layout can be confusing in certain wings. Also on the plus side it is free and you only pay for special exhibitions. IF you have time spend a few days.

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely superb , well worth a visit a massive complex of buildings , with everything you can think of, all free of charge too , excellent displays exclllent history lesson for every body up to modern day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's one of the nicest museum in Europe. Not the finest, not the biggest collections, but the most lovingly restored, spacious and relaxing place to wander, admiring not only the beautifully displayed collections, but also the building itself. Entirely accessible in every sense of the word, you could easily spend a day there, especially if you go with kids -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The revamp of this museum has made a huge difference, and all for the good. The ideal spot for families during bad weather. The new collections and features have given the museum a revitalised shot to an already great place. There is always something happening within its walls. Can wait to see what happens during the Festival.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Used our hop on hop off ticket on a rainy morning to see the museum. It's FREE and worth the time to explore. Better yet it is right across the street from Greyfriars Bobby!

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Old Town
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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