National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Lee_gray91
    Prestwick, United Kingdom221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical visit
    I recently came here on the 10th of April 2023 with my partner and her child as part of our day out. This was my first visit to the national museum and. I have to say how beautiful the building on the inside is. The place is vastly big and visually stunning. There was so much to see and do we only managed two floors before it was closing time. So we shall definitely be returning in the near future to finish this off we had an incredible visit start to finish. Also a massive hats off to the staff manning the cafe it was so so busy they were definitely worked really hard this Easter weekend. They remained positive polite and helpful throughout our time there so I hope they get acknowledged buy the museum for their hard work. We also got a few things from the gift shop on the road out our only complaint was a lack of choice of magnets as we like a magnet for the fridge. So in the grand scheme of things if that’s the only negative we had we can’t really complain. We definitely will be returning for another visit I recommend anyone to come to this museum with their children it’s fun exciting interactive and you definitely learn a thing or two.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Eggyman
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The National Museum
    Wow, I had an amazing time at the National Museum of Scotland! The interactive exhibits were so much fun and I loved how they had screens that let you get involved in different ways. And there were so many interesting exhibits to check out, I could've stayed there all day! And the best part? It was free to get in, so it didn't cost me a penny. Overall, I had an absolutely wonderful time and I can't wait to go back again!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Janet H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best museum ever, absolutely amazing.
    Absolutely amazing. It blew me away, there’s so much to see it’s mind blowing. A week wouldn’t be enough to get through all that is on display. I cannot recommend this enough. Do not leave Edinburgh without spending at least half a day in this absolutely fantastic museum. It’s very child friendly also with lots of interactive activities and learning for children too. And it’s totally free of charge but you are welcome to leave a donation if you so wish.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • J.L.
    Bern, Switzerland2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    The national museum is a must see in Edinburgh, dont miss it. The variety is huge and the expositions are very interesting for young and old people alike. We spent mayn hours there and had to come back the next day, because we didnt get through everything.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Dunyazade
    Arlington, Virginia367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pace yourself!
    Broad and deep exhibits of Scottish history, culture, and technology. We spent almost 2 hours just with the antiquities on the lowest level. Loved the Andy Goldsworthy backdrops. He also designed the terrace garden on the roof with its fabulous views (and long waits for the lift).
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • StotheN
    Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the best museum in whole of Scotland!
    This is an excellent museum, very close to the Royal Mile and full of exhibits across different topics. I loved the ones on Vikings, India and ancient Egyptians. The souvenir shop could do a bit more to add more items based on the exhibits tho. Overall, a very good visit and easily spend 3HRs here.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • snapdogs
    Hampshire, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diversity at its best!
    Wow, what an amazing place. Lots of interactive displays, some sadly not working. You can see everything here from fashion to coal mining, beetles to rockets. The displays are very diverse, a must for any family. You could spend hours here, and we did. Stopped off for a coffee in the cafe before leaving, staff very polite and helpful.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Cary L
    Ennis, Ireland240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history on display
    We traveled to Edinburgh for the Easter weekend and rediscovered just amazing the city is. One of the highlights of the visit was the National Museum of Scotland. This is one of the great treasures of the city and is a combination of interactive, viewing, history and learning for everyone of any age. The museum covers everything from the history of fashion, to the history of transportation, to the history of Scotland and the kings and queens of Scotland right up to modern day discoveries. Definitely one of the best attractions in Edinburgh. Allow for at least 3-4 hours to see and get through the museum. It is free to the public. Absolutely worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Jolene Edwards
    Portland, Oregon152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum!
    This place is huge! Make sure you come by with intentions to spend a few hours or make a return trip because this will keep you entertained for awhile. There are so many different exhibits, and they are all very interesting. The museum is also spread across multiple floors with different types of exhibits in each area. Highly recommend a stop if in the area
    Visited September 2022
    Written 8 May 2023
  • catgetsdown
    Lafayette, California163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has a LOT to see and worth it!
    We enjoyed the National Museum - it had so much history and even 'Dolly the sheep'. We probably spent over an hour there. There is a cafeteria and we thought it was at the top floor but couldn't find it. It is worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 May 2023
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Local guide guy
Edinburgh, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
great place to go on rainy day, free of charge, made in a way you can visit with your kids and enjoy different types of exhibitions thru whole Scottish history,
Written 11 April 2024
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537judiths
Newcastle14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Lots to see, a very wide range of exhibits. It was very busy but did not feel overcrowded.
Only criticism is of the gallery cafe. It was very popular but at least 3 tables were taken up with people on their laptops. We gave up trying to find a seat and went elsewhere.
Written 10 April 2024
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Mary Reed
Washington DC, DC63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I have visited many museums around the world, and live in Washington, DC where world class museums are plentiful. The National Museum of Scotland is hands down one of the best I've seen! The variety of things to explore is incredible, and the temporary exhibits are inspiring. The varied layout across multiple stories helps keep the energy interesting; it's easy to feel drawn into every space. Edinburgh is a magical city to be out walking around in, but the museum is an equally enchanting way to get to know the Scottish people and their history.
Written 9 April 2024
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MLucy02
Brighton, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A really lovely museum! I feel so impressed with the amount of stuff that they have in there an amount of stuff you are able to see in the time you’re there.

I personally really enjoyed the nature section with all of the animals, dinosaurs and information. It was also really fascinating seeing dolly the sheep!
Written 8 April 2024
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Karl N
Braunton, UK821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wow!!! What an amazing place to visit. Spent a couple of hours here and only saw a tiny part. There’s loads of amazing things to see, in a stunning building. Even saw Dolly the sheep. Absolutely loved the place. Certainly plan to come back.
Written 8 April 2024
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himaris
London, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Probably one of the best museums in the UK and you could very easily spend open to close exploring all the floors. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of exhibits they have - nature, tech, culture, history - something for everyone, and I loved dipping in and out of all the rooms. There are interactive displays which are a great hit with the younger kids.
Loved the way the space was utilised to hang huge impressive models that could be viewed across multiple floors. Clearly a lot of thought and care has gone into designing and maintaining the exhibits.

Make sure you give yourself the whole day to explore everything thoroughly.
Written 7 April 2024
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Jayne S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful visit with so much to see! Our 9 and 6 year old loved their visit here. Staff were helpful and informative. Highly recommended
Written 7 April 2024
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Louise S
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
have been many, many times over the last 20 years . Amazing at it is I think the main floors could do with a change. Scotland has such such a rich treasure of history including Romans , Vikings, Royal families. Where are all those things? And anyone remember all those wonderful fossils years ago? A treasure for young and old. I also remember the story of the tiny coffins , where are they now?
Written 7 April 2024
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Naomi
Scotland, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Could spend an entire day here exploring as there is so much to see. Lots of walking involved but fantastic museum. Make sure you have plenty of time to appreciate the place in it's entirety.
Written 7 April 2024
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Allison H
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Such a surprise to find this world-class museum, just by happening upon it. Diverse and fascinating collection. I especially enjoyed the medieval exhibits.
Written 5 April 2024
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