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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 300 123 6789
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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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Great museum!

This was a really nice museum and it is for free. It is big and has some really nice exhibits. We enjoyed the animal section and the technology section. We did not have enough of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Lockport, New York
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Lockport, New York
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a really nice museum and it is for free. It is big and has some really nice exhibits. We enjoyed the animal section and the technology section. We did not have enough of time to see it all but should have liked to spend more time here. This is a great place to bring your family.

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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Massive museum! Could spend hours in the place. There is free entry, except for their "special exhibition". Definitely worth visiting if you have a few hours to spare.

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Henlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The games to play were really good and interesting, also once we had figured out the layout that helped a lot. A beautiful building with a large amount of space, confusing layout but once you have the hang of it it's quite a good place. Loved the science and animal areas! They were super interesting and fun. Could imagine it... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are interested in history and particularly the history of Scotland this exhibit is definitely for you but don't believe those who tell you you can whip around it in a couple of hours. Plan on being there for most of the day, take your time and enjoy the myriad of interactive exhibits you can 'play' with. When you... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great exhibits for all ages presented in a bright modern way. great way to spend a few hours and its free don't miss it

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb museum not enough time to do it justice only covered ground floor including natural history and kingdoms of Scotland Great visit

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co durham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

varied interesting and interactive exhibits - beautiful building something for all ages . Easily fill in a couple of hours

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit. Very interesting something different round every corner. A good day out for young and old alike

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Constant dropping point for My eldest he loves it...changed a lot since I was a kid but good for visits

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Ingelfingen
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is okay, but nothing worth to see in Edinburgh. Most of the items are standard things, that you can see in many other museums as well or during a tour through Scotland.

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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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