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
Il museo e' ospitato all'interno di una struttura moderna e funzionale. Il museo (gratuito) offre molti spunti di riflessione sulla Scozia e non solo. La parte delle tecnologia e' estremamente interat... more »The museum is housed in a modern and functional structure. The museum (free) offers many ideas for reflection on Scotland and beyond. The technology part is extremely interactive and very fun for children.
Museo que dispone de temas muy variados e interesantes. En la visita a la ciudad NO se debe olvidar la visita a este Museo. more »Museum that has very varied and interesting topics. On the visit to the city you should NOT forget the visit to this Museum.
Absolutely brilliant museum. My little boys loved it. The wealth of information is massive. The exhibits are well displayed and easily accessible even with a push chair. Really worth a visit. Being free it makes sense to visit a few times to take it all in. Definitely make a contribution to the upkeep. Its awesome.
A great place to visit! You have kids? There is lots to do - many interactive stations, videos and fun stuff all over. A lot of floor space devoted to Scotland and its history. Very enjoyable. And, it is free!
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