National Museum of Scotland
Learn about the history of Scotland, from its beginnings to the country you see today at the National Museum of Scotland. Recently fully reopened after a thorough renovation, there are plenty of fascinating exhibitions and interactive exhibits to entertain the whole family.
Explore the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof! With regular exhibitions and live acts during the festival, it proves a haven for culture-seekers and history addicts alike!
The National Museum on Chambers Street offers fascinating artefacts and 'Did You Know?' plaques dotted around, engaging intrigued visitors of all ages. From the prehistoric ages to technology of the future, all of the galleries contain treasures from all around the world. (We love the Ancient Egyptian gallery!!) and did you know...the museum's Scottish Collections also helped inspire Disney Pixar's Brave! Brave is set in a re-creation of the mysterious Scottish Highlands, but many of the objects and locations that appear in the film have their basis in reality. Disney Pixar photographed objects from the Museum's Scottish collections to help design weapons, fabrics and decorations included in the film.
There is alot to see and you can spend all day wandering around the museum easily and luckily the museum happens to house The Brasserie which is on the right-hand side of the basement entrance- which is now the Main Entrance. ( we love the yummy muffins!!) Or you can also visit the Balcony Cafe on the 3rd level of the museum, which has a lovely selection of teas and homemade soup.
The National War Museum can be found at Edinburgh Castle if you are interested in finding out about our military past. There is also The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride, The National Museum of Flight in East Lothian and The National Museums Collection Centre in Granton.
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, City-Centre, EH1 1JFView Larger Map
Best For Whom
- Families With Children
- Families With Teenagers
- Mature Travellers
Best For What
- Cultural Experience
- The Local Experience