National Museum of Scotland

Address: Chamber Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, Scotland
Telephone: 0300 123 6789

- Free


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.

Value for money

Expert tips

A vast building and a great café - allow at least two hours.

Workshops for kids: lots of button-pressing and fun stuff to do.

The museum always has lots of things on - check the website before you go to ensure you don't miss things.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • History
  • Design and architecture
  • Nature / wildlife