National Museum of Scotland



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The National Museum of Scotland, located in the heart of Edinburgh's old town, re-opened in July 2011, following a £47.4 million redevelopment. Featuring spectacular Victorian architecture combined with an exciting modern building, the museum houses galleries dedicated to the natural world, science and technology, art and design, world cultures and the story of Scotland. From dinosaur bones to designer chairs, mummies to motors, a world of discovery awaits on every floor. Three interactive galleries designed especially for families, a new learning centre, international touring exhibitions, special events, shops and restaurants add to the enjoyment. Photo credits: Andrew Lee, Ruth Armstrong and Stewart Attwood.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 1JF


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lifts, wheelchair loan, audio guides, induction loops
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5; 26 Dec, 1-2 Jan 12-5. Closed 25 Dec

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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