National Museum of Scotland


Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom


55.9473316, -3.1903156


Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom


55.9473316, -3.1903156

How to get there

The nearest bus stop is the National Museum of Scotland stop on Chambers Street which serves route number X55. Located nearby is the Chambers Street bus stop which serves route numbers 23, 27, 41, 42 & 67.

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley and the museum is a 10–15 minute walk away.

Inaugurated in 1998, the National Museum of Scotland‘s modern building houses over 10,000 objects including countless works of art, jewelry, and weapons showing the culture and history of the country.

Quick facts

  • Name: National Museum of Scotland
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Type of attraction: Museum
  • Opened: 1998
  • Ticket price: Free

From ancient times of the dinosaurs to the age of technology of the future, the galleries at Scotland’s National Museum contain treasures from all over the world, and all under one roof. You can also get hands-on with the Learning Centre’s interactive workshops or find out more about robots in the museum’s Robots Exhibition and related events.

Private Half Day Edinburgh City Tour in a VIP Minibus

The museum is very exciting, with many interactive exhibits and it is great place to spend several hours with entire family.

This museum is part of the group of Scottish museums, where you also have National War Museum, in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight, in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride. They are all worth visiting.

The galleries in the newer building depict Scottish history in a largely chronological order, beginning with prehistory and ending with the early medieval period on the lower levels, with subsequent periods on the top levels. Natural history, international cultures (with galleries on the South Pacific, East Asia, and Ancient Egypt), European art and design, and science and technology are all represented in the Victorian building, which reopened in 2011.

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The Grand Gallery houses a range of big pieces from the collections, including the “Window on the World,” an exhibit that rises four floors, or about 20 meters, and contains over 800 objects that show the collection’s breadth.

The “Discoveries” section, located below the Grand Gallery, contains artefacts related to “exceptional Scots… in the realms of invention, discovery, and adventure.”

Interesting facts about National Museum of Scotland

Private Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini

Here are some interesting facts about this amazing museum:

  • There is a real Formula 1 driving simulator.
  • Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal has an exhibit here.
  • Top level of the museum is a terrace with great panoramic view of Edinburgh.

Read more: Interesting facts about National Museum of Scotland

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