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National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland houses an extensive collection dedicated to the natural world, culture, history, art, geology, science and technology. It presents ancient dinosaur skeletons, the technology of the future and everything in between.

The museum has a particularly interesting Discoveries exhibition which celebrates the legacy of Scottish inventions and ideas, including world-changing Scottish advancements like the television, the light bulb and Dolly, the first cloned sheep!

The World Cultures gallery displays artefacts from different cultures around the world, and The Natural World room depicts the story of the universe, planet Earth, and life upon it. There are also many exciting temporary exhibits on display.

From art and fashion to science and technology

Scotland’s national museum really does have something for everyone. There are a recently opened series of galleries on Art, Fashion and Design. And, of course, the ever-popular sections of Science and Technology, which enable you to experiment with science first-hand.

To make the most out of a visit to the large National Museum of Scotland there is a choice of guided tours available. Choose from the New Galleries Taster, themed tours and the Scottish Highlights tour, all of which take 1 hour and are led by fun and knowledgeable guides.

Facilities at the National Museum of Scotland

The free, family-friendly Edinburgh museum offers activities and workshops in the Learning Centre and often hosts exciting themed events for the family. Many of the exhibits contain hands-on interactive elements, making it the perfect place to explore with young visitors.

Refreshments can be purchased at the Museum Brasserie or Balcony Café. For something a little more upscale, visit Tower Restaurant and enjoy a spectacular Edinburgh city view over the rooftop terrace. There are four gift shops at the National Museum of Scotland, so remember to purchase presents, souvenirs and books as a reminder of your visit.