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National Museum of Scotland

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“roof terrace”(336 reviews)
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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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
Old Town
+44 300 123 6789
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All reviews natural history roof terrace all ages free entry interactive displays rainy day few hours beautiful building great for kids on display couple of hours great place to visit visiting edinburgh royal mile dolly science sheep
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So much to see, very well laid out and maintained. Would definitely go back again, also ideal on bad weather days during a trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must see for all visitors to Edinburgh great views of the city from the roof terrace Enough to see and please visitors of all ages

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Eddiesangel
Reviewed yesterday

To visit this museum you have to spend at least 4 hours. It is a. very beautiful place, structured in order to be visitor friendly and to engage persons in visiting and exploring. Not only showing "things", but organized to explain what you see in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SergioPT74
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent a couple of hours in here and I have to say it was excellent. I used to visit quite a lot as a child 40 years ago and it brought back fond memories. Must visit in Edinburgh and its free well done.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ivorbigboz
Reviewed 2 days ago

there is something for every age to see here. Plenty for the kids. There disabled facilities are excellent for wheelchair users easy access to all areas and good toilets. There are plenty of seats to stop off for a rest and 2 cafes. You can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank michelehardy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a few hours spare on our last afternoon in Edinburgh and went for a walk and discovered the museum! Straight into the Scottish history side and we were just so blown away by the artificers and information it was just incredible!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katiebiscuits
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's a big museum with a lot of different stuff. Beautiful building also. Great place to spend some time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Merel86
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love going to Edinburgh museum!! Could spend the whole day there. The views from the top of the building over the city are superb!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bravaragazza57
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Royal Scottish Museum used to be a fun storehouse of all sorts of interesting things. Then the "I've got a degree in communication studies and a master in museums" gang took over, full of bright smiles and devoid of any knowledge of the significance...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ubergeekian
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stimulating and interesting displays - and a great cafe too........make sure that you try the Cullen Skink

Date of experience: November 2018
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Old Town
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
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31 October 2018|
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Response from buddhastummy | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I cheaped out and didn't go in to that. Based on what I could see and size wise, I would guess at least an hour if not two.
Mr Jeremy W
24 July 2018|
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Response from MsKiplings | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I don’t know, I’d assume guide dogs would be allowed
28 June 2018|
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Response from SafariGirl100 | Reviewed this property |
We went on a hot day. It was not fully air con and felt a bit stuffy but not nearly as bad as outside. Lots of enclosed areas to keep cool