National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, National Museum of Scotland Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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4.5
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Brian G
2 contributions
Great place
Oct 2021 • Family
Had a great visit but cafe was way to expensive.
But we came to see the museum so 5 stars for that and our 4 year old loved it especially the animal sections.
Written October 20, 2021
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Mai Gallagher
Newquay, UK2 contributions
So awesome !!!!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Amazing amazing amazing !!!!
Totally reccomended for couples it's very fun! First time going to this museum and it was awesome
Written October 18, 2021
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PA147
Gateshead, UK119 contributions
Disappointing Apologism
Oct 2021 • Friends
Lovely building spoiled by woke apologist display captions. A very disappointing reflection on the museum administrators that current trendy thinking, supported by online trolling and bullying, is now so pervasive. The trendy apologism did not add value at all.
Written October 18, 2021
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Kash M
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
Great place to visit especially on a rainy day
Oct 2021
I visited the National Museum of Scotland, initially to duck out of the rain, but was soo glad I popped in. Not only is it a free museum to visit, but it kept me entertained for a number of hours, with soo much to see inside and explore.
I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Edinburgh.
Written October 17, 2021
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louiseaI5534NQ
Westhill, UK41 contributions
Fantastic
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is an amazing museum. You would need a good number of hours to see everything here. The museum covers everything. They also currently have a typewritter exhibition which was very interesting. The museum covers artefacts from around the world with a section devoted to Scotland also which is fascinating. The animal section is also great. Its free so you could come and go as you please over a few days if necessary. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2021
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marco
Belfast, UK94 contributions
Great museum
Sep 2021
Excellent museum in the centre of Edinburgh, it's housed in a beautiful building and has something for everyone. From animals to minerals, from vehicles to local history, you will find plenty to entertain yourself for a few hours or even a full day. The newer part of the museum (an extension building) has a convoluted layout which makes it confusing to navigate, though there too there's plenty to see.
Written October 17, 2021
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Oyesola
West Bridgford, UK1,061 contributions
Good, free activity for a couple of hours
Aug 2021 • Family
Free entry so very good but you still have to book online so you have a timed entry due to covid regulations and all. Beautiful exhibits. The museum is huge. We loved the animals area the best, followed by the African and other cultures and fashion exhibits. The museum is spread over various floors and they have elevator and escalators for those who can't climb the steps. A few seating areas scattered around thankfully as at a point, I needed to take a seat and rest my legs. There was a private screening going on that we went in to see but didn't stay too long. The basement section is closed, not yet open. Overall my 14y.o and I enjoyed it here. I'll recommend spending 2 hours here.
Written October 16, 2021
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Joe F
Carrigaline, Ireland29 contributions
Beautiful example of a modern museum layout
Sep 2021
Spread over a number of floors, this is a stunning collection of artefacts expertly displayed. Would take days to do credit to the exhibits, but the airiness, lighting space makes this a very comfortable visiting experience.
Don't miss the rooftop garden, and the stunning views over the Edinburgh rooftops.
Lovely cafe, too!!
Written October 15, 2021
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Beatso
Aberdeen, UK112 contributions
Always a pleasure
Oct 2021 • Family
The national museum is fabulous place to visit with kids of all ages.
There is so much to see and do and all for free entry (although donations are suggested and should be encouraged more).
It’s just a pity that many of the interactive activities were off due to COVID, but for me, they might as well left them on.
As my youngest (along with many other kids) was touching them anyway.
But never the less, a good time was had by all.
Written October 14, 2021
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Ian B
Aberdeen, UK32 contributions
Superb Experience
Oct 2021
What a fantastic place to visit.My wife and I visited unintended,as we were on the "Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour" and decided to get off the bus and visit and I am so glad we did.
A fantastic place full of mind blowing exhibits and as an ornithologist,I loved the mammal and bird sections.
There Is something here for everyone and no matter what your Interest,you shall leave,a little bit more educated and glad you visited.
Written October 14, 2021
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