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National Museum of Scotland

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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“natural history”(375 reviews)
“roof terrace”(338 reviews)
“all ages”(1,039 reviews)
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh
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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Old Town
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All reviews natural history roof terrace all ages free entry interactive exhibits rainy day few hours beautiful building great for kids on display couple of hours great place to visit visiting edinburgh royal mile dolly science technology
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Reviewed today via mobile

Museums are never really our first choice when picking activities to go away, however this museum was recommended by a friend & I can honestly say that it was the best museum I have been to. It offers both historic treasures as well as fun...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank aaronkendall_
Reviewed yesterday

So many good reviews, hardly going to add much. So here are some tips to your visit: - go early, gets busy - start at the top and work your way down - there are some great 'hands on' exhibits so take your time if...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RB_TheWiseTraveller
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We expected to stretch our visit out over 2 hours with a coffee stop midway. We could easily have been there for over four hours to take in all the exhibits. There is lots to see and do for children and adults alike. The technology...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JillGeorge_uk
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Boyfriend and i came here as it was 5mins walk from our IBIS hotel south,and so glad we did! It was amazingly well thought out,and layed out,with great information,the visuals were outstanding!Was alot bigger than wda.d expected we took1hour and that was just the 1st...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hariboes
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitely worth a couple of hours mooching around. Quiet, not crowded (Friday am), lots of interactive stuff to do, cafe.. free or suggested donation for entry.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kestafr06
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This had technology, culture, taxidermy, and science and was good for all ages. I would have booked 5 or more hours if I had known what was enshrined therein. 5 floors to explore but we missed a lot of it. The tall, pyramid wooden clock...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Anaispins
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Decided to visit 1 & 1/2 hours before closing time as it started to rain and now we want to return again tomorrow as it is gorgeous! Very interesting exhibitions (from animals & scientific discoveries to space & agates) but what really sold me was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank decorasylum
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I think I have been here about 20 times and I still haven’t seen it all. There is just never enough time in the day but we always end up on the ground floor at the kids bit where there are hands on exhibits. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SandM582
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A lovely place for everyone . The stuffed birds are a delight to see every time you go . There is a place for children too. I think everyone should go. The good thing is you can go any time because it’s free. I will...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great family day out and kids really enjoyed exploring and learning new things the staff are very attentive and friendly 😁

Date of experience: December 2018
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elizabethjl2016
October 30, 2018|
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Response from buddhastummy | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I cheaped out and didn't go in to that. Based on what I could see and size wise, I would guess at least an hour if not two.
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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
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Peabrain2013
June 28, 2018|
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Response from SafariGirl100 | 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
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