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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 day out

You could spend days exploring this museum, always find something new no matter how many times we visitt

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Scotland
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

You could spend days exploring this museum, always find something new no matter how many times we visitt

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a brilliant museum. Interactive , well laid out, lots of interesting things to see, a beautiful space.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic museum and is definitely worth a visit for all ages as there is so much to see. Last time I went with a baby and she loved the sensory areas and the parachutes :) give it a go even if you don't really like museums, it isn't boring or stuffy its awesome! Especially as it has... More 

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a few hours looking all around the museum but were not able to see it all. There is so much to see you could keep going back and back. It is in a fabulous building with all of the exhibits well laid out. We really enjoyed it all and to be able to do this for free is... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has something for everyone! Every room was well organized and fascinating! It was well worth the visit!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to explore, you could easily spent a couple of hours there great exibts all sorts. The building is worth it, the architecture is cool. The only gripe the heating was way too warm. Coming from outside rugged up with thermal underwear on it soon became very uncomfortable, you can only take so much off.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For a free attraction, this is great. Fabulous building which is kept well and shows the pride of Scotland. Spent an afternoon but needs a day at least to do it justice.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I travelled up with my son for a few days for the markets and I heard about the museum.When we entered the building we were overwhelmed by just how much there was to look at and to do.My son loved every single bit of it.A very happy child.

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Ottery St Mary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited the museum on our 3 day trip to Edinburgh. Staying at hotel on South bridge, so only a 10 minute walk away. Went especially to see the wildlife photograph exhibition which was amazing. Read all the info about each photo and you will be astounded at the lengths people go to take pictures. Lots of hands on displays too... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent a good couple of hours here as there is so much to see. Good interactive exhibits to keep children interested / amused. Good choice of places to eat whether just for a coffee or a meal. Well worth a visit

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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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