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National Museum of Scotland

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Old Town
+44 300 123 6789
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All reviews natural history roof terrace all ages free entry rainy day interactive displays 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 yesterday

Wonderful collection of interesting items, plus free admission. Easy to stop in during rain or colder weather days, to wander around and stay dry while enjoying the exhibits. Good size gift shop, and nice selection of sandwich, soup and tea in the restaurant.

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Reviewed yesterday

We raced to get here at the end of the day. Very nice laid out museum and a gentleman helped us get to what we wanted to see in a short amount of time. We Saw all the animals and then went to the other...More

Thank TraveloFlorida
Reviewed yesterday

The NMS has a wide array of galleries and exhibits that will appeal to all ages and interests. From science to history to archaeology to geology/naturalism, they have a TON. It's too much to do in one day, so take a look at the map...More

Thank Storyteller820890
Reviewed yesterday

This museum has special exhibits, but we kept to the main body of the museum. It is well lit and nicely situated. You can get in one wing full Scottish history. There is a rooftop terrace with excellent views of the city.

Thank Eastern-Shore-4Life
Reviewed yesterday

Whether it's visiting exhibitions or just browsing round the standard displays, there is so much to see in this eclectic museum - and free entry, too! Well laid out, with helpful information on the exhibits, and something for everyone, whether it's art, science, fashion or...More

Thank jaggieb
Reviewed yesterday

Situated in a wonderful galleried building, this museum had something for everyone. Natural history, engineering, pioneering science, technology, social history all laid out in rooms around Crystal Palace style open galleries. I'm sure we barely saw a third of the exhibits in the time we...More

Thank Seefoodie
Reviewed yesterday

We did not feel as being in a well structured museum. A bit of everything. Entry is free. It is located inside kind of house . Difficult to find directions to fully appreciate the things. Did not enjoy it that much .

Thank lisedal
Reviewed yesterday

This is, by far, the most interesting and fun museum I've ever visited and a must-do if you're in Edinburgh!!! There's such variety of displays set out in amazing setting and so many interactive and educational activities you could easily spend a full day here...More

1  Thank L1954YPjenm
Reviewed 2 days ago

An interesting building, a variety of displays ranging many topics. I was especially impressed by the fashion exhibition, which favorably compares to the one at the V&A

Thank ofra01
Reviewed 2 days ago

I could have spent hours in this wonderful museum. Loved the section on Mary Queen of Scots. Very well organized and easy to get around.

Thank Jan D
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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-flavoured 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
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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
June 28, 2018|
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Response from donnakebab1 | 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
April 9, 2018|
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Response from April B |
Use the park & ride at ingliston free parking and get the tram into edinburgh its very cheap plus you get to go on a tram!