Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Dynamic Earth Reviews: 4.5/5

Dynamic Earth
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Children's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DVENTURE around the world. You'll be embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime - the lifetime of our planet! As if this wasn't enough, Dynamic Earth is also home to one of Scotland's only fully digital, state-of-the-art 360° Planetariums, with a wide variety of live presenter-led shows and films showing throughout the year.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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FergusonBillyTate
Cheshire, UK194 contributions
Great for families
Oct 2021 • Couples
Visited here in October 2021.

The museum itself is similar to most science museums around the world. In this one, there's a room with a moving floor, another with a block of ice in the centre and a 4D Cinema. The run of the mill exhibits are here, Dinosaurs, big bang facts etc.

To be honest, the families visiting here were loving it.

Unfortunately, I have grown out of finding this sort of thing interesting, apart from discovering that Magnolia's are the oldest existing plant!

If you're staying in Edinburgh with young children, visit here!

If you're an adult on a city break, perhaps avoid it.
Written 26 October 2021
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Sarah M
1 contribution
Fantastic day out!
Oct 2021 • Family
Staff were wonderfully kind and helpful-clearly passionate about their work. Great exhibitions. Engaging for the whole family. All timings of events kept to schedule. A great day out! Thoroughly recommend and we will be visiting again.
Written 19 October 2021
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Sylvia C
Crieff, UK5 contributions
An amazing afternoon!
Oct 2021 • Family
My favourite parts were the glacier and volcano sections.
The presentation in the Planetarium was very well done too.
And the staff couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly.
Written 19 October 2021
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Scott
Sunderland, UK9 contributions
Couples day out
Oct 2021 • Couples
Went as a couple, would be much better/more suited to going with kids. Staff were very enthusiastic so couldnt fault them.
Written 17 October 2021
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Annie M
1 contribution
Discovering the universe and your place within it.
Oct 2021 • Friends
This is probably the most brilliant museum I've visited in my life. It manages to
Immerse you in the journey from the creation of the universe itself , to.the formation of planet earth and all its habitats. It offers something to.both young children through to older people who may be familiar with many if the ideas. Congratulations to the creative forces behind this.
Written 16 October 2021
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Satchglrc
Peebles, UK24 contributions
Planetarium show out of this world!!!!!!
Oct 2021 • Family
I like dynamic earth but it has hardly changed in the many years I've visited so it's good and interesting and is an interactive way experience that's enjoyable if you've not been but less so if no.
However, and this is a huge however, the planetarium show is worth the money just in its own. They do new shows here and this is the new autumn one. It was utterly brilliant, I won't give you details but it really sucks you in. And at the end is mind blowing.

I'd go again just for that.
Written 16 October 2021
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Andy B
4 contributions
Not at all bad
Oct 2021 • Couples
Enjoyable, but a little expensive. The staff were great and enthusiastic. The whole experience is a little dated now compared to modern possibilities. The planetarium was excellent and top notch however and great fun.

Worth a visit, a little expensive
Written 15 October 2021
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Beatso
Aberdeen, UK112 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2021 • Family
Visited with my wife and two young children (4 & 8) and found it a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
It was very informative and interesting, with simple information for the kids mixed with more detailed for the adults.
The entrance fee seemed expensive on entry, but was considered worthwhile by the time we left.
Written 14 October 2021
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17856S
5 contributions
Didn’t feel covid safe
Oct 2021 • Couples
Still an interesting place to visit, but definitely in need of updating. The Whats Up! planetarium show which was new for autumn 2021 was definitely the highlight. Main reason for 3 star review is it didn’t feel particularly safe in regards to covid precautions. There were no reminders to social distance, and often you end up cramped in with other guests and touching the same surfaces e.g. in the time travel elevator, in the volcano room, sitting in the glacier room, and in the planetarium waiting area. I’m sure the 3D glasses get cleaned between uses but they didn’t appear all that clean - hopefully they are quarantined! There doesn’t appear to be very much ventilation so I’d have hoped for more attention to be paid to social distancing.
Written 14 October 2021
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CatHome1
Scotland, UK14 contributions
Great for adults and kids
Oct 2021 • Friends
Great day out. Fantastic value for money. I went with my 9-year-old and we were there for hours. Staff were lovely and helped. Exhibits appealing to all ages. I really don’t understand some of the bad reviews as our experience was fantastic and we would definitely return and recommend it. The planetarium show was particularly interesting.
Written 13 October 2021
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Dynamic Earth is open:
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
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