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The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is a popular Edinburgh destination for both tourists and locals alike. The current venue consists of two linked buildings which used to be two separate museums: the older Royal Museum and the newer Museum of Scotland. These two merged in 2006 to form the current National Museum of Scotland.

In 2008 the old Royal Museum building was closed for extensive renovations, reopening in 2011 after a refit that cost around £47 million. The result is a fantastic space which is one of the largest museums in the UK. Overall the National Museum of Scotland has around 20,000 objects on display across 36 galleries. More than enough to occupy both kids and adults on a rainy day or two!

In 2015 the museum was Scotland's top free entry visitor attraction with over one and a half million visitors, just a whisker away from the number visiting the castle.


So where is the museum and how do you get to there? The National Museum of Scotland is located in Chambers Street just a few minutes walk to the south of the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh. It's easy enough to find - as long as you head in the right direction!

Chambers Street runs parallel to the Mile and can be approached equally well from either end. To get there, head south down George IV Bridge (just up from St Giles Cathedral) or down the South Bridge (from the crossroads with the Tron Kirk). After just a few minutes you'll reach Chambers Street, on your left if going down George IV Bridge or on your right if going down the South Bridge.

Times and Prices

At the time of writing (July 2015) the Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm (excluding Christmas Day (closed), Boxing Day (12pm to 5pm) and New Year's Day (12pm to 5pm)). Entry is free, however donations are welcome. As with most museums, some galleries might be temporarily closed at any time.

For schools the Museum offers a variety of extra activities including object handling sessions, workshops and living history sessions. These should be booked in advance, contact the Museum for more details.

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