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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
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+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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Brilliant museum, I have been coming here since I was a little girl and now we get to take our little girl who enjoys it just as much. Cannot fault this museum at all.

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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Brilliant museum, I have been coming here since I was a little girl and now we get to take our little girl who enjoys it just as much. Cannot fault this museum at all.

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

This is one of - if not THE - best museun in the UK and even the world. Sounds like I'm overstating things, but honestly I love it here. At over 150 years old, the architecture is spectacular (it was based on the Crystal Palace in London I believe) and the displays are stunningly laid out. Most of it has... More 

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Thank DinoLady_Traveller
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am a frequent visitor to the museum. It is vast, engaging, and educational. A fantastic place to bring children, or just to explore yourself/with family and friends. The beautfiul roof top garden with panoramic views is not to be missed! And to top it all off - the museum is free.

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Thank Matt M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great day out plentyto do and see and u dont payto get in .but you can put a donation if you want/.ther are lifts if you cant mange the stairs.plenty of staff if you want to no anything.just go and enjoy yourself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great thing to do in your spare time, and the best ia that is free, constantly inovationing, adding me exhibition, you can loose proper few hours inside

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Thank Ekaterina I
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon here and it is by far the best museum we have visited. Most other museums tend to feel claustrophobic but this museum's exhibits were laid out superbly well, allowing everyone room to view. I was particularly impressed with the 'please touch me' stickers on so many of the items,... More 

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Thank Mike C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place for taking the kids, especially on rainy days. There is a lot to see and they have a space that kids can actually use some of the equipment. Very good place for the young to learn about other cultures and past history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is abs huge. After 3 hrs our feet were sore and we still had 2 floors left. So would recommend either a break in the middle or do it in 2 days.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great for all ages. You could spend all day in there and not be bored . Was my first visit and will go back .

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could spend more than a day in this building, loads to see and do , even for little ones,. Free entry, good cafe areas, a bit expensive though, but you could take your own food as there are plenty of seats around all levels ,.

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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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