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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
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+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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First of all, it's free to get in (except for special displays) so it's an easy choice for a cheap or free day out! First to note is that it's a massive place and you can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, it's free to get in (except for special displays) so it's an easy choice for a cheap or free day out! First to note is that it's a massive place and you can easily spend all day walking around and not see it all! My only comment is that the Scottish history part is almost hidden as... More 

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Formby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our second visit and as just as good as the first as there are different things all the time. Its a wonderful building and free (donations welcome) It would be great for kids but we were two adults and enjoyed it thoroughly. There is a café to sit and have refreshments ready for the other half, it really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum was good, cheap fun for the kids. We didn't have too long there but felt like we could've come back for another visit if we had time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place and,yes, I appreciate the exhibits in the cases have to be preserved - but I found the majority of them especially regarding the scientists and physicists too dark to see properly. When I remarked about this to the attendant she said many others had commented on this. Just to tiring on the eyes and had to cut short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a paradise for all art lovers. Stores only paintings and wow. They are breath taking. A lot of paintings are about Christ and Mary and St Paul and Peter. Recommended

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always so much to see and do, a must visit place with something for all ages. We started up on the roof and worked our way done. This is a place which you could spend days if not week in. Very interesting for all people. Launched a baloon and made to robot organise a message to my hubby. Great fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant museum, I have been coming here since I was a little girl and now we get to take our little girl who enjoys it just as much. Cannot fault this museum at all.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of - if not THE - best museun in the UK and even the world. Sounds like I'm overstating things, but honestly I love it here. At over 150 years old, the architecture is spectacular (it was based on the Crystal Palace in London I believe) and the displays are stunningly laid out. Most of it has... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am a frequent visitor to the museum. It is vast, engaging, and educational. A fantastic place to bring children, or just to explore yourself/with family and friends. The beautfiul roof top garden with panoramic views is not to be missed! And to top it all off - the museum is free.

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

great day out plentyto do and see and u dont payto get in .but you can put a donation if you want/.ther are lifts if you cant mange the stairs.plenty of staff if you want to no anything.just go and enjoy yourself

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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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