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National Museum of Scotland

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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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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Old Town
+44 300 123 6789
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Reviewed today

I went to see the above exhibit, which was fabulous and then had a look around the rest of the museum. I liked it: it was a bit quirky and spacey, with lots of different exhibits. Would return. Lift to floor 7 takes you to...More

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed today

Great place and free entry. There are many wonderful things to see but the layout leaves a bit to be desired, it is a bit like a maze and you can move from ethnographic items to airplanes to a church interior in a few steps,...More

Thank futsanglung
Reviewed today via mobile

Place is immense and packed with very interesting things. Very educational.Easy reached in the centre of the city.

Thank anthony f
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent museum, very entertaining and lots to see, staff very helpful oh and it’s free Could have spent twice as long in there

Thank sirmark1956
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Popped in here for a visit on a Thursday morning/afternoon. There are plenty of exhibits and plenty of things to look at. Many of the exhibits are also interactive which is a nice touch. Now I'm into certain parts of history such as ancient Egypt...More

Thank Adam g
Reviewed yesterday

Went in at 10.00 a.m. into this extremely well laid out very large entrance area, very well greeted and noticed that there was to be a free guided tour giving an Highlights Tour of the Museum at 11. We actually did two, the one at...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed yesterday

we were invited to an evening with golden charter which was held at the national museum of scotland, what a wonderful building, the whole setting was out of this world, we had the most wonderful evening we have ever had, i would highly reccommend you...More

Thank karenbusby5
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I wish I had set aside more time to go to this museum. There is so much to see here there’s no way you can cover it all in a few hours. Specialty shows were wonderful and I found dozens of interesting things on every...More

Thank OldIrishCurmudgeon
Reviewed yesterday

This museum is free of charge you just make a donation. The building is light and airy with a cafe on the gallery on the top floor. The exhibits are suitable for all ages from a t-Rex and other full size animals, to formula one...More

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed yesterday

we did not explore this museum - it is simply too much for our time budget. we came for the Scottish history, and enjoyed as much of it as we were able to see - and there is much, much more. we highly recommend.

Thank bruce h
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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
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Mr Jeremy W
July 24, 2018|
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Response from MsKiplings | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I don’t know, I’d assume guide dogs would be allowed
June 28, 2018|
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Response from donnakebab1 | Reviewed this property |
We went on a hot day. It was not fully air con and felt a bit stuffy but not nearly as bad as outside. Lots of enclosed areas to keep cool
April 9, 2018|
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Response from April B |
Use the park & ride at ingliston free parking and get the tram into edinburgh its very cheap plus you get to go on a tram!