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National Museum of Scotland

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Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
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+44 300 123 6789
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and...

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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Good way to spend a few hours.

We spent over 3 hours here and returned again today to see all we didnt get a chance to do! Lots of interactive materials and something to interest everyone. We went to the... read more

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We spent over 3 hours here and returned again today to see all we didnt get a chance to do! Lots of interactive materials and something to interest everyone. We went to the rooftop terrace and ate our own lunches, as recommended to us by a local. Breathtakings views! It was free also, which was a big plus!

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Howden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was really impressed as soon as we entered the building. It's absolutely massive and there is so so much to see. We spent a good hour just looking at the fashion exhibition and that was just one room. Seems to have loads for children and would be great for all ages.

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Great for all ages. Everything from Scottish history, modern technology, fashion through ages, animals, meals world archeology and much much more. Definitely something for everyone. Not to be missed when visiting Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent half day out which would appeal to families with young and possibly teenage children. A lot of the exhibits are interactive e.g. filling hot air balloons and seeing how high they rise, sitting in a formula one car and "driving" it in a giant computer game, a series of seats that can be lifted using different pulley systems, giant... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went here one afternoon in February half term with a 8,10,12 and 13 year old. Lots to see with interactive stuff for the kids who don't just like to look and read! there are cafe's to keep you going, or you can take a picnic and eat in the downstairs rooms provided just for this purpose. Particularly liked the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Popped in while passing and it was free.... Results. Didn't expect much to be honest cos it was free in but was amazed with how much there was to do and see. Great with kids or on your own.

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Thank Philip B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to kill a good few hours, we had lots of fun with the interactive bits! Came back a second day after running out of time! Would definitely come back!

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Thank Spiderlady75
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Plenty of hours of fun for families and also couples. Good facilities, helpful staff and well worth a visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You could easily spend a day here , and it's free. Located ten mins from the total mile it is situated in a grand old building with a modern annex. The museum is huge , on multiple floors and categories for all needs.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can easily spend a whole day here - free entrance - bring a picnic lunch and eat in the dedicated picnic areas or on the roof terrace with incredible 360 views of Edinburgh. Good cafes but lots of room for kids to run free and there are usually lots of additional activities for school holidays. Don't miss this if... More 

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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