The National Museum of Scotland is a large museum in Edinburgh’s city centre which showcases exhibits from Scottish history as well as those from further afield. The museum’s collection is housed in two architecturally distinct buildings - exhibits from prehistory to modern-day Scotland are contained in a building constructed in 1998 while the neighbouring 19th century former Royal Museum contains a collection of exhibits from around the world. The collection comprises a number of interesting pieces including: the stuffed remains of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, and 11 of the Lewis Chessmen - twelfth century chess pieces carved from whales’ teeth and walrus ivory. Make sure you catch the spectacular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which is on loan from London’s Natural History Museum until mid-February 2017.
The museum is situated on Chambers Street in the city centre, just a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport where you can hop on a bus which will get you to the museum in half an hour. The museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm. It’s open from 12pm to 5pm on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and is closed on Christmas Day. Admission to the main collection is free. There are charges for certain workshops and events, however, such as the ‘Grown Ups: Make it at the Museum’ series of one-day events where you can learn anything from relief printing to kinetic sculpture.
Why not stop for lunch at the museum’s rooftop Tower Restaurant? It’s received great reviews from food critics and is regularly frequented by celebrities who enjoy the wonderful city views as much as the menu.
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Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied on your trip, including: a step back through history at Edinburgh Castle, experience the sights and sounds of the Royal Mile and immerse yourself in the treasures of Holyrood Palace. Why not spend an evening in one of the city’s famous pubs - there’s one for at least every day of the year!
If you’d like more information about the National Museum, please visit the official website where you’ll discover more about: museum events and collections, prices and opening hours as well as parking at the venue and how to get there.
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