National Museum of Scotland combines one museum on Scottish antiquities, culture, and history and another on technology, natural history, and world cultures to create one of Britain's best facilities for learning and discovery. The overall collection is vast, so look at a map before visiting and choose the galleries you most want to see. A few of the many highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, a mummy mask, and numerous objects that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. Entrance to the museum is free, and you can check items in the cloakroom for a small fee. Check the daily schedule of free themed tours before visiting to see if any interest you. The Museum Brasserie and the Balcony Cafe both serve food and drink. Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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National Museum of Scotland Reviews
We ran out of time, so will have to plan a return visit. This is a magnificent museum in a marvellous building. You’re sure to find something to capture your imagination. Free admission. Cafe and... more »
Really good Museum loads to do and see. Also great views over Edinburgh from the roof. Good brunch in tower restaurant too. more »
This has to be one of the best museums to visit. So so much to see and do and interact with. There for easily three hours and didn't see half of it. So much for all the family, no matter what they may think before they get there!. Amazing spaces and so easy to find what you are looking for. Staff so so nice and helpful
A brilliant place for adults an kids alike. Lots of very interesting exhibits visually and some interactive. Spread over 3 floors with a lift. Spend hours wandering and learning and best of all it's free entry. There is a cafe on the middle floor. Definitely worth a visit.
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