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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Phone Number:
+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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Burns at NMS

Great visit to the National Museum today. Lots of events running in memory of Scotland's national poet, Robert (or Rabbie) Burns. Live music, traditional dancing, a ceilidh for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great visit to the National Museum today. Lots of events running in memory of Scotland's national poet, Robert (or Rabbie) Burns. Live music, traditional dancing, a ceilidh for the kids (all free) as well as the whole museum being open for business at the same time. This is a great place and a great space. Loads of interesting stuff, well... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thought this museum was alright. Free to enter - always a bonus- and interesting displays on the history of Scotland (although not always clearly laid out to be clear enough on the route). Certainly worth popping into.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Every time I go to a new place I try to visit the museum and this one was really good! It caters to every age and is really interactive and modern. Would recommend!

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum underwent a hugely expensive refurbishment and I have to say that I preferred it before! The place has so many dead areas of empty circulation space. The artefacts have been grouped into areas of interest that are not my choice so you wade through room after room trying to find more examples of what you are interested in.... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent museum over a few floors with plenty to see for adults and activities for children from the beginning of time to modern day, 5 minute walk from the Royal mile and it is free

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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First of all, it's free to get in (except for special displays) so it's an easy choice for a cheap or free day out! First to note is that it's a massive place and you can easily spend all day walking around and not see it all! My only comment is that the Scottish history part is almost hidden as... More 

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Formby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our second visit and as just as good as the first as there are different things all the time. Its a wonderful building and free (donations welcome) It would be great for kids but we were two adults and enjoyed it thoroughly. There is a café to sit and have refreshments ready for the other half, it really... More 

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Surrey, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was good, cheap fun for the kids. We didn't have too long there but felt like we could've come back for another visit if we had time.

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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place and,yes, I appreciate the exhibits in the cases have to be preserved - but I found the majority of them especially regarding the scientists and physicists too dark to see properly. When I remarked about this to the attendant she said many others had commented on this. Just to tiring on the eyes and had to cut short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a paradise for all art lovers. Stores only paintings and wow. They are breath taking. A lot of paintings are about Christ and Mary and St Paul and Peter. Recommended

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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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