National Museum of Scotland

Price guide: Free

Chamber Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Price guide: Free

Artists impression of The Gallery of The National Museum
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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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expert-rated things to do in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Education, History, Nature / wildlife

Best for History - Expert review of National Museum of Scotland

Scotland's history presented brilliantly. Interactive, relevant, fun and free!

A stunning building consisting of the old and the new, which reflects on the contents: Scotland's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on the country throughout the ages. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade. It's fascinating from the age of one to 101.

A minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

Part of the museum has been closed for renovation - two of the images here represent artists' impressions of how the new gallery and entrance will look. Opening 2012; I will keep you posted.

Expert tips: 
The museum always has lots of things on - check the website before you go to ensure you don't miss things.
Workshops for kids: lots of button-pressing and fun stuff to do.
A vast building and a great café - allow at least two hours.

More information on National Museum of Scotland:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument, Museum, Natural wonder
Chamber Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789
Months open:
All year round

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Community comments (1)

Fascinating museum, don't miss the tiny coffins and their occupants found on Calton Hill, believed by some to represent a "proper burial" for the victims of Burke and Hare