National Museum of Scotland

[Science & Technology gallery, National Museum of Scotland] 

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh is Scotland's most popular visitor attraction, and its most amazing museum by a considerable margin - despite stiff competition! With no fewer than 8 floors and two linked buildings, this is an enormous place: our January 2019 visit was our third, and we've still yet to explore entire sections. Essentially the museum does an outstanding job of distilling all the country's other museums into one (and by the way, whisky distilling can be found on level 3). At the time of writing, the central, airy Grand Gallery houses sculptures and the main entrance facilities, with 5 further themed galleries leading off (each with multiple floors): Natural World; World Cultures; Art, Design & Fashion; Discoveries; Science & Technology. This is all housed in a Victorian building formerly known as the Royal Museum, but that's only half the story. An adjacent, modern wing opened in 1998 (formerly as a separate museum), and is now home to the Scotland gallery, which broadly takes you through the country's entire history from Picts to present day. This wing is surprisingly easy to miss for a first-time visitor, but spreads over all 8 floors laid out in such a manner that you never know quite which one you're on. At the very top, a lift leads to a rooftop terrace with decent views over the city - a neat finish to the vertical timeline. Auditoriums, an education wing, cafes and restaurants, gift shops and temporary exhibitions round it all off. All in all, it's a highly impressive attraction, and the perfect (extended!) introduction to a special country. And there's no admission charge.

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📌 National Museum of Scotland ★★★★★
Location: Chambers Street, 10-min walk south of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 258733 ///dizzy.modern.unions
Open (2019): Daily
Cost: Free

[Natural World gallery]

[Grand Gallery]

[Art, Design & Fashion gallery]

[Art, Design & Fashion (6/2/19)]

[Art, Design & Fashion]

[Chambers Street Entrance Hall]

[Scotland wing (6/2/19)]

[Scotland wing (6/2/19)]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[Scotland wing]

[View of Edinburgh Castle (left) from the roof]

[Rooftop company]

[National Museum of Scotland]

[Chambers Street entrance]

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