National Museum of Scotland | Edinburgh

Chambers Street , Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0300 123 6789
closed on: open daily
Museum Type: Decorative arts / Handicraft, History / City, Natural history, Technology / Industry
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is an important and varied museum dedicated to history and science.

The current museum was formed by merging two different institutions: the Museum of Scotland, primarily focused on the History of Scotland, and the Royal Museum, mainly dedicated to ethnography, science, and natural history. Consequently, the museum complex is quite articulated: it is indeed composed of the old Royal Museum building, a Victorian construction with a notable Grand Gallery 20 meters high, and a more recent building for the former Museum of Scotland; the whole complex was restored and enlarged in 2011 under a design by Gareth Hoskins Architects.

The Scottish collection is composed of artifacts related to Scotland’s history from prehistory to the present day, from ancient fossils to Formula One race cars.

The Royal Museum collection is presented in various galleries; the Grand gallery houses large artifacts from all over the world, Discoveries is focused on science and technology, Window of the World features a vast set of objects from different cultures, Natural World is mainly devoted to natural history, World Cultures is an ethnographic gallery, the Science and technology gallery displays objects ranging from early scientific instruments to digital computers and the body of the famous Dolly sheep and the Art and design section is dedicated to artworks and decorative objects from Ancient Egypt to present day.

The museum organizes temporary exhibitions and learning activities for adults and children.
At the museum, a library, a shop, and two cafe-restaurants are available to the public.
The National Museum of Scotland is accessible to all visitors.

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