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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
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+44 300 123 6789
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and...

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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Great place to kill a good few hours, we had lots of fun with the interactive bits! Came back a second day after running out of time! Would definitely come back!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Great place to kill a good few hours, we had lots of fun with the interactive bits! Came back a second day after running out of time! Would definitely come back!

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Plenty of hours of fun for families and also couples. Good facilities, helpful staff and well worth a visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

You could easily spend a day here , and it's free. Located ten mins from the total mile it is situated in a grand old building with a modern annex. The museum is huge , on multiple floors and categories for all needs.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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You can easily spend a whole day here - free entrance - bring a picnic lunch and eat in the dedicated picnic areas or on the roof terrace with incredible 360 views of Edinburgh. Good cafes but lots of room for kids to run free and there are usually lots of additional activities for school holidays. Don't miss this if... More 

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St Andrews, United Kingdom
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Had some free time in Edinburgh. Remembered wanted to see the Lewis chessmen and popped, in into the museum. Loved the intricate pieces. Also enjoyed the maps exhibit. A pleasant way to pass the time.

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This museum was really interesting lots of lovely displays looking at different periods of clothing, history of animals, age of transport and communication. Its a museum where you can take your time especially if weather not too good.

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Had a really good time here, if you have never been yet it's well worth a visit, great for children too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Simple review , just google it , its great , kids loved it , so much to see, loads for kids to get their hands on , dont miss it !!!

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So much stuff to see! I personally enjoyed the most art and design section, my husband motorbikes and aviation, my 6 year old - natrual history section .. and the baby - hot air baloons :)

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Wokingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fascinating museum, simply too much to see in the few hours we had to spend there. The history of Scotland is really interesting, as is the fashion exhibition and the two buildings so well linked are stunning. And best of all, it's FREE!

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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