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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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National Museum of Scotland combines one museum on Scottish antiquities, culture, and history and another on technology, natural history, and world cultures to create one of Britain's best facilities for learning and discovery. The overall collection is vast, so look at a map before visiting and choose the galleries you most want to see. A few of the many highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, a mummy mask, and numerous objects that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. Entrance to the museum is free, and you can check items in the cloakroom for a small fee. Check the daily schedule of free themed tours before visiting to see if any interest you. The Museum Brasserie and the Balcony Cafe both serve food and drink. Plan a Edinburgh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • A must for everyone as well as families with kids! Been coming to Edinburgh for years & never been, don’t know why? Only due to the heavy rain we went in, really great experience. Recommend start at.....  more
    A must for everyone as well as families with kids! Been coming to Edinburgh for years & never been, don’t know why? Only due to the heavy rain we went in, really great experience. Recommend start at.....  more »
  • Probably the best museum in the UK .. the National Museum of Scotland is amazing. The building is out of this world. Large spacious rooms and incredible architecture. The exhibits are sublime... 
    Probably the best museum in the UK .. the National Museum of Scotland is amazing. The building is out of this world. Large spacious rooms and incredible architecture. The exhibits are sublime...  more »
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  • Fabulous, you would need a whole week to get around it and appreciate it all, I recommend dedicating a day to each floor! Free entry, no queue, cafe and toilets inside. I found there was sections that I loved, the millennium clock for example, wow, and the animal exhibits, and the Eskimo section, I apologise, I'm sure it's called something different, but they have coats made out of intestines! And pottery and glass, and theatrical masks, and telephones through the ages, I remember using the A and B buttoned phones via an operator, and that's the early 1980s, not that long ago surely 😬 cars and engines through the ages, and wheelchairs, bikes, light aircraft, medical equipment, it's all just fascinating. Allow yourself a whole day for this delight or at least a decent afternoon. Don't forget your camera.
  • That was the best time of my life. 5 stars are too few. The museum was the best way to enjoy ourselves not for a few hours but for the whole day!! Which was unbelievable. We spent 5 whole hours to see all of it and I'm sure we missed some exhibits too! In every corner you see something fascinating and interesting that keeps you engaged. You can interact with some which was awesome, you can get quizzes and every few steps you think that you learn the most interesting thing, but no, there's so much more. You learn about cultures, religion, science, animals, the planet. It was FANTASTIC. Would visit again if I had more vacation time. Staff were very informative, ready to help you in any way they can. There is a small cafeteria too to eat and rest. Bit overpriced but its definitely worth it since there is no entry fee to the museum. Be prepared though, wear good and comfy shoes.

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