National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural 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
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Kelly Cathcart
    Valparaiso, Indiana1,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    Entry is free to this museum. It is huge! There are lots of interesting displays, even Dali the cloned sheep. It was open later than most things we found so that was a bonus. Check for special exhibits that come and go after a short time.
    Visited January 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • anette p
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    Great museum a lot to see, but do bring earplugs if you have a problem with loud noises. It's very interactive for children with all the loud noises that brings. Not to mention all the screaming children running around everywhere causing a ruckus.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Jason E
    204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic…and it’s free
    Fantastic place to visit for all ages. The museum itself is massive and has multiple floors with multiple genres of displays. You could easily spend most of the day here looking at everything. Plenty of interactive displays to keep kids interested. The only issue we had as a family was trying to work out the layout of the building and trying to make sure we didn’t miss out on anything. On the whole well recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • PingSwe
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very intresting museum that cover a wide range of topics.
    Very good museum, that cover a wide range of topics. Everything from old dinosaur, vehicle, inventions, citilizations, design. I did a unplanned visit just to beat of some time before my flight. But it turned out way more intresting than I thought. I spent in total 2 hours there but could easily spent 4hours there if I was not in rush to catch a flight. Even if your not intrested in ANY of the topics I think you could easily spend 40-60min there just to see everything. You walk around kind of like a maze and each section cover different topics. Amazingly the museum has free entry, but you can make a voluntarily donation with card or cash around the ground floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • ryanprint
    Green Bay, Wisconsin216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big museum with something for everyone
    Don't overlook this National Museum of Scotland. There are a lot of very interesting exhibits whether you're a social sciences, physical sciences, art, or just scotish nostalgia fan. Everything is well organized, and feels like you've got like 8 museums alll in one - i could've probably spent days in here. The lower levels, which had everything from Rocket demos to Dolly the Sheep, to an exhibit of old F1 cars was probably my favorite.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Mel D
    Cambridge, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and amazing exhibitions
    Many interesting exhibitions around the museum from natural history to history of technology. You could easily spend all day here and we will be back hopefully sometime soon. Its also very interactive for those with children.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beyond the Little Black Dress
    My main reason for visiting the museum was the "Beyond the Little Black Dress" exhibition, which was excellent. This exhibition had an admission charge, but the rest of the museum is free, although donations are welcomed. Pick up a floor plan at the entrance which wil help you navigate the various collections. The areas with the interactive exhibits for children can get quite crowded, but other parts of the museum are relatively quiet.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 10, 2023
  • ChiefRN
    Bristol, United Kingdom421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, interesting and free attraction
    Wonderful attraction. Obviously fantastic for wet weather visiting but this large (7 floor) venue has something for everyone. There were plenty of hands on items for children (and adults). Each area, be it science or fashion, animals or history were small enough for a short visit and leave something for another day. It's a free worthwhile visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Gaye N
    Perth, United Kingdom497 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another enjoyable visit.
    Visited with young member of family. He thoroughly enjoyed the animals and sea creatures. Got very involved in interactive part of museum and we all enjoyed trip up to the roof garden amazing views all over Edinburgh. Fantastic clear day. Visited the museum kitchen for lunch, varied menu suited 3adults and 5yr old. were attended by very attentive pleasant young man, all young staff seemed to enjoy being there. We have loved visiting the museum with various children and grandchildren over past 40 years always something interesting to see or different exhibitions to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Niklas
    Milan, Italy10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible!
    Incredibly impressive museum. There was extremely much attention to detail and the visit is also suitable for children through numerous games that contribute to understanding. Recommended as an adult if you do not just want to run through more than 4 hours to plan. As an engineer, I spent more than two hours in the Science & Technology area alone. After more than four hours I still haven't seen everything and will stop by again the days to see the rest. Grant great praise to the installers of the museum here was incredibly invested a lot of time and money and you notice that clearly 👍
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
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Sasha M
Sydney, Australia393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The museum is extensive with many floors. We stopped in here because it was raining ... SO glad we did! The artitecutre inside is unique in itself and there are many exhibits but if you are pressed for time I highly recommend you see the Scottish section. It starts from ancient times to present today in a timeline ... starting at the bottom floor and working your way up. The displays are exceptional and include precious and priceless artefacts from everyday to royals. It is hard to believe they are real. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and nit let go back to see more. The museum is very large and so there are places to sit and rest amongst the displays but there are also two cafes.
Written January 17, 2020
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coxmatthew12
Chester, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Extensive collections and interesting place to visit. Interesting exhibits of Scottish history including the Galloway silver hoard. Nice cafe overlooking the main hall. Covid regulations mean you have to book a (free) timed ticket and can't just turn up. They have one way systems but it's not always obvious which way to go. The roof terrace was closed when we went, some of the exhibits were completely closed for covid reasons and the shop has a long queue with only a small handful allowed in at a time. An interesting museum, would recommend a visit but they could perhaps look at some of the covid rules around the museum to make it easier for visitors.
Written July 7, 2021
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Jason
Bristol, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
With so much to do and see this is certainly an attraction for the whole family. Entrance is free and if you're interested in history, or have inquisitive children, plan to be there for a good few hours.
The view from the 7th floor terrace is also well worth seeing!
Gives you a stunning view of the city without the tiresome journey up Calton Hill or Arthur's Seat.
Written January 12, 2020
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leonard m
Edinburgh, UK407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I have visited this museum many many times over the years and have a fondness for the building that arises mostly from an appreciation of the quite extraordinary main gallery hall. The hall itself is a museum piece and is simply beautiful, and, in my experience, unrivalled by any other museum building I have visited in Europe in terms of the structure and design. The museum houses an extensive and varied collection of which only a small portion is on display. For those interested in history, the Scottish culture section has a wealth of information and objects from which more can be learned than most other destinations in Scotland. The science section is interesting and accessible. The nature section is varied and includes a number of exhibits that now look somewhat dated but balanced by some contemporary displays. It is a stimulating playground for children with dedicated activity rooms on the ground and upper floors. The millennium clock on the ground floor also engages people of all ages with its amazing and sometimes sinister moving parts. Put shortly, there is something here for everyone. I share the concerns expressed by other reviewers that the signage is sometimes inadequate and the curating of the exhibits can be somewhat idiosyncratic. It isn't always easy to find what you are looking for. It is worth recording that these delights are free to enter. Having recently spent £80 on admission to two museums/galleries in Rome, Edinburgh is to be congratulated that it has managed to find a way to make culture free to all at the main galleries and museums. This museum is worth visiting just to admire the main hall. I still miss the fish ponds on the ground floor!
Written January 25, 2020
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keencamper2018
Edinburgh, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We have been visiting this Museum on a regular basis over several years and still have not seen everything. Great for kids, there are lots of permanent interactive exhibits and often free drop in activities for families. An absolute godsend for local families when the weather is grim and you need to get the kids out the house and recommend for visitors too. Food wise, we have eaten in the Brasserie a couple of times and the cafe once, the Brasserie is good food but expensive and takes a while and the cafe is no bargain either, personally I'd nip out to a nearby a cafe, there are plenty.
Written January 6, 2020
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Marcin Walczak
Edinburgh, UK498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This museum cannot be missed when visiting Edinburgh. It has always so much on display, so it could easily be considered as a day trip, even when coming here with young children. The entry to museum is free but donations boxes are placed at all entrances and in many parts of the building. Every few months the main exhibition, that is a subject of an entry fee of roughly £10 per person, is replaced by different one. These are usually very well organized and informative. There is a cafe on first floor, bistro on the lower ground floor and restaurant on the top floor, and all of these have vert affordable prices. It's accessible for everyone and it should definitely be visited by everyone coming to the capital city of Scotland.
Written February 17, 2020
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Dave E
West Mifflin, PA207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
On a day when the weather closed the castle, I was looking for something to do and took a chance on this museum. Glad that I made this choice. The museum has no entry fee, but you can easily spend a couple of hours looking at all of the different exhibits. There are plenty of interactive areas for the kids to enjoy as well. It's located in the center of town, not far from the Royal Mile. Very enjoyable visit
Written March 13, 2020
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gcervi2016
Tarragona, Spain31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Even if you are not too interested in museums, you have to go and see this one for the beauty of the building which hosts it and how it has been arranged by the architects who improved this splendid museum. Furthermore, if you have children with you, they will want to stay in up to the last minute.The best way of learning is while having a nice time, and this result is achieved indeed in the National Museum of Scotland, for adults as well. A lot of the human sciences and of the nature’s miracles are represented in the museum. The fact that it is free - although a donation is recommended and I do recommend - is a relief in a city where the tendency is to put a heavy toll even for breathing
Written February 1, 2020
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Bethanyweatherstone
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited here during our edinburgh trip and were amazed at the amount of things to see in this musuem. There are different floors and rooms full of different items from around the world to look at. There are a lot of interactive parts to this musuem also which is great for people of all ages. We spent around 2.5 hours here in total. The musuem was free to enter. They also offer a cloak room to store bags or small suitcases for £1.50 per item which is a great idea. There are 2 cafes, toilets,lifts and a gift shop. Would highly recommend a visit!
Written February 6, 2020
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Sarah
Tewkesbury, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Knew little about the museum prior to visit but this was something my husband wanted to do. Always a little concerned taking teenage children to a museum - how much complaining can one take!!! BUT we all had a fantastic time. Something for everyone - you could spend hours here. So much to see, a beautiful building which takes your breath away and even though it was busy as it was a wet half term it didn't feel crowded. After quite a few hours we felt we'd hardly scratched the surface and could easily return time and time again. We decided to pay £29 to attend the Tyrannosaurus exhibition and although we enjoyed it I don't think it was worth the money but don't regret paying it as the rest of the visit was brilliant and all FREE! Definitely worth a visit for all ages.
Written February 23, 2020
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