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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
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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One could spend days here

A rich array of natural science, technology, culture and history, the museum is in the midst of a major expansion. Each floor of each section is devoted to a specific area of... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2016
East Troy, WI
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East Troy, WI
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45 reviews
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Reviewed June 16, 2016

A rich array of natural science, technology, culture and history, the museum is in the midst of a major expansion. Each floor of each section is devoted to a specific area of Scottish anthropology, geography, biology, science and culture. Great thing to do on a rainy day - there are quite a few of those in Scotland!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2016

Visited here on Tuesday 14th June, just needed to get away from Royal Mile tourism. Amazing building and really interesting, informative and entertaining exhibits. Spent nearly three hours and only saw 50%. Several places for refreshments, had scone, clotted cream & jam with hot drink at first place we came to just inside the entrance, all good, no rip off... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2016

A stunning building that is impressive in it's own right, but the spaces within are enjoyable for all ages. A must visit.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2016

Had they charged an entrance fees, you would have come out with the impression that it was worth every penny paid, but alas, there is no entrance fees to the musuem and something which is symbolic with all the musuems in the UK. Nevertheless, the National Musuem of Scotland is one of the best places to know about scotland in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2016

We were in Edinburgh for a mini-break and I spent the majority of two days just in this museum - an absolutely incredible place. There's loads to do and see for very young children up to adults and even a café and a brasserie for refreshments. The museum is free but I think you would be happy to donate on... More 

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Valley Center, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2016

So much to see. Plan on several hours. Wheel chairs are available to borrow. Had lunch there, and it was good. Museums are free in Edinburgh.

Thank Judy K
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2016

It's a fair walk from Waverly station but well worth the visit. The building was beautifully restored and very impressive. We looked around a couple of the galleries which were interesting and the exhibits well displayed. Didn't go to the Celt exhibition as had already seen it thee times in London ( worth a visit) will return here again next... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We joined a guided Tour and the lady was awesome; caring and funny. Museum is well organized, child-friendly and free. For groups or bigger families that is a clear benefit. Interesting artefacts and well-told stories behind all inventions and things to show. Highly recommended!

1 Thank Jouni19
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

And worth every penny! Maybe a hint of bias from me, however this is a great attraction and a 2-3 hour visit is a must. Edinburgh weather ain't always kind. The museum is a real treasure trove. Adults and kids alike should enjoy the experience and as I have said it is free. The museum has 3 floors and is... More 

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Reviewed June 15, 2016

Great history buffs. We got to see a special exhibit the history of the Celts (Picts) Worth the price of admission. Almost all the museums in the UK have no entry charge, but special exhibits do.

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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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