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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
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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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First wonderful visit

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

Nice to visit this museum for a couple of hours, seeing the artifacts of Scotland and some new exhibitions

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

I visited the Castle with my husband. We booked our tickets online while sitting in a cafe down the Royal Mile. Edinburgh is very busy with tourists and you can fail to get into places of you do not book. In our case, I was booking tickets so I could avoid any waiting lines into the venue- I hate standing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Min 2 hours to spend but worth to visit while walking around Edinburgh old town. From history kids attractions to fasion people and culture

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Canet-en-Roussillon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unbelievable museum that has so many different areas and things on show that you would probably need a minimum of 2 days to visit it. You could do a flying visit to see it but even that would take a full day, to read the notices, take in the things on show and things to do then it will take... More 

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Lenoir, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our plans were to spend three days in Edinburgh and then begin free-style touring Scotland with a planned five day visit to the Isle of Skye. Our hotel was in the Old Town section of Edinburgh. After two days we knew that we definitely wanted to spend more time in Old Town so we extended our initial stay and made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

could spend all day here such a warm friendy place to learn history .Has a specail area for your packed lunch to be eaten.Kids love it and are not frowned upon when making a noise,has lovely areas for kids to learn and do great workshops in local school ho;iday Also a very intering plsce for grown ups always learning

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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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