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National Museum of Scotland

Opens in 21 min: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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“natural history”(348 reviews)
“roof terrace”(309 reviews)
“all ages”(956 reviews)
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof.
Opens in 21 min
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh
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 via mobile

Good museum, with a diversity of subjects. Interesting archeological finds and the hands in science exhibits are a delight for children.

Thank WarmHen
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

From transport to history, science and fashion it’s all under one roof! We spent 4 hours looking round and well worth a trip to the cafe on the ground floor and also go to the top terrace!!!!

Thank sjbounds80
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum got it all. Some of the things you could see was, dinasours and other old animals that lived back in the days. Old and new machines and cars. Things from outer space. A magnificent clockwork. A space rocket and many other things. You...More

Thank M8728YHsebastianl
Reviewed yesterday

A must see when visiting Edinburgh whether as a couple or as a family. Free entry and something for everyone!

Thank DundeeScotty
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an amazing, interesting,gobsmackingly great for value-its free!!-place. I've been many many times,but it never ceases to interest me. The clock still enthralls. The animals still make my jaw drop. I would thoroughly recommend the museum,and from the many accents I heard today,tourists are loving...More

Thank Erica G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went specifically to see the fashion section and that was what we restricted ourselves to. The presentation of the exhibitions was great although at times, due to reflections and lighting, we struggled to photograph the exhibits that were of most interest to us. However,...More

Thank Leebee28
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow wow wow... a must visit so much to see I would advise you to take the guided tour then do your own thing after it, as there really is so so much to take in some nice place to eat as well so very...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed yesterday

The National Museum of Scotland is fabulous, and has coffee shops and restaurants to match. We stopped for a delicious coffee and fresh cakes.

Thank Sideways_Look
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum is excellent, but this time we came to see the “Rip it Up” exhibition, which was brilliant. History of Scottish popular music from Lonny Donegal to Lulu, The Corrie, Nazareth, SAHB, Skids, Runrig, Rezillos, Biffy, Young Fathers etc etc etc. It is very...More

Thank Callum G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything Scotland and its history you’ll likely find here. Along with Edinburgh castle, this is a must-see here. Admission was free, and it’s a place where you’ll want to take your time. So many exhibits to see, and you’ll definitely need to take your time...More

Thank Traveler O
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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
24 July 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
28 June 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
9 April 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!