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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
+44 300 123 6789
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Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“natural history” (338 reviews)
“roof terrace” (290 reviews)
“all ages” (915 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Old Town
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+44 300 123 6789
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"natural history"
in 338 reviews
"roof terrace"
in 290 reviews
"all ages"
in 915 reviews
"free entry"
in 452 reviews
"rainy day"
in 506 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 200 reviews
"few hours"
in 558 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 302 reviews
"great for kids"
in 165 reviews
"on display"
in 225 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 328 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 178 reviews
"visiting edinburgh"
in 152 reviews
"royal mile"
in 136 reviews
"dolly"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here on my last day in Edinburgh. If you have kids, definitely worth bringing them there. It covers lots of different topics and areas. Very visually stimulating even for adults. And it is free!

Thank SFOYYZ_Eric2
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved spending several hours in the Museum. Came to see the Lewis Chessmen, but there was so much more, the Queen Mary Harp, letters she wrote and much more of Scottish history.

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Reviewed yesterday

Brilliant place to visit especially on a cold rainy day.So much to see. Have been before but still found new things tomlook at.Loved the new midern section. It was very busy, being holiday time and children seemed to be everywhere but there were plenty of...More

Thank Catriona R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great museum with lots of exhibits for all ages. Interactive demonstrations that make it all the more interesting. Dolly the sheep, original mini car, Stephenson “rocket”, racing cars, aero planes, fashion and communication through the ages, modern art and lots lots more. The building was...More

Thank John P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came quite early on Wednesday morning to give myself time spent about 3 hours here. Brilliant facilities like cloakroom, cafe, restaurant and shop but also lots of toilets and lifts to help people out. My favourite exhibition was fashion and textiles. But the whole place...More

Thank Laurameakin
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the museum last week to see balloon sculpture, which is very impressive. Really enjoyed the rest of museum . Great exhibits for all ages. Never a dull moment. Plenty to keep everyone interested . Highly recommended. Cafe a little bit expensive .

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here again with our 3 year old daughter, once gain this was an enjoyable visit. She enjoyed the animals, and also some of the interactive sections. This is a superb place to visit, and the fact that it is free to enter makes...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great exhibition. A pleasure to see the best of Scottish art students in one place. Beautiful curation and setting.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We decided to try this museum on our first day in Edinburgh. Pleasantly surprised to find that the national museums in Scotland do not charge an entry fee. So much wonderful information but we didn't have enough time to explore everything.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited there in March'18. Special feature was display of best wildlife photography .this was great. Also some of the other displays were amazing.

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GeordieOzzie
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Response from Tw0Bears | Reviewed this property |
the best way is to park on park and ride parking, which are free and buy family ticket on Lothian buses which is £8.5 for two adults and up to 3 children and you unlimited travel for one day for all buses and tram so you... More
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Response from oshadhi19 | Reviewed this property |
we went a ghost town tour, it was organized by a someother company , sorry i cant remember . it was fun.
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18 March 2018|
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Response from Tyler A | Reviewed this property |
It is free of charge but you can donate to the museum
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