The National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) Guide
The museum is part of National Museums Scotland.
- Admission is free.
The Museum was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.
The two connected buildings stand beside each other on Chambers Street, by the intersection with the George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh.
Thanks to two major refurbishments over the last twenty years the museum has kept up with all other major museums, a constant delight of discovery, beautiful and completely free!, the collections are awesome, a wonderful area to have high tea on fifth floor, with a beautiful view.
- Edinburgh Postcode KW2
- Edinburgh Latitude: 58.4389° N Longitude: 3.0937° W
- Edinburgh WOEID 23689983
There are layers and layers of history here, it is amazing to see everything from prehistoric to present day, the museum has so many rooms with different exhibitions, you could have spend all day there easily, there are a broad spectrum of items to explore and lots of coffee bars and restaurants, the exhibits are suitable for both adults and children including interactive scientific displays.
Good for a cold, rainy day, a perfect day out for all the family, or on your own, even just for an hour or two if your time is limited.
The best thing is, like with many of Edinburgh's museums, admission is free. You can leave a donation if you so choose. I visited on a week day and it was busy but not crowded. Plenty of space to walk around and take in the exhibits.
The grand hall is absolutely beautiful in its own right. The ceilings are high and make for great photos. All of the exhibits are along the perimeter and are located on three levels. I went floor by floor, navigating through each individual exhibit on every level before going upstairs. If you want to look at all of one (i.e., the natural history part) at once, you'll have to keep going up and down stairs to get to the other sections.
There was so much to see here -- animals, Scottish history, tech, archaeology, and more. I loved going through all of the highly detailed exhibits. There were some interactive sections, too, that were great for kids. I think this museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Edinburgh!