National Museum of Scotland
- Box office 0300 123 6789
- Opening times Daily 10am–5pm.
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec. Open noon–5pm on 26 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan.
- Admission Free.
- Website www.nms.ac.uk
In its landmark building, occupying more than half of Chambers Street, the National Museum of Scotland was formerly two different museums – the Royal Museum, built in 1861, and the more modern Museum of Scotland, completed in 1998. The facilities were unified in April 2008, although there is still a definite thematic separation: the former Royal Museum (complete with its grand Victorian Hall) has a worldwide and natural history focus, while the newer building maintains a distinctly Scottish viewpoint. Between the two is an interactive technology zone, filled with exhibits that form an easy connection between education and fun for children. They can race in a Formula 1 simulation, operate robotic arms and moon buggies, and discover the science behind solar and rock power. Dolly the Sheep also inhabits this space, as does the full-size Wylam Dilly locomotive. At the top of the spherical sandstone tower at the George IV Bridge end of the building is the Tower Restaurant, which has made a name for itself as a fantastic example of fine dining in the capital.
Fire your imagination at the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions. Our diverse collections take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof.
From meteorites to monsters from the deep, our Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while our World Cultures galleries link people and possessions across the globe. Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in our Scottish galleries, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects in our Window on the World and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in our Discoveries gallery.
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- Provides: Free wi-fi
There are 6 events at this location
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Free Fringe Music
National Museum of Scotland Experience the joy of live music at the museum. From bold brass to fabulous fiddlers, our daily performances showcase the best contemporary talents from Scotland and further afield. See www.nms.ac.uk/fringe for details. In partnership with Live Music Now.
Sat 8 Aug
Sun 9 Aug
Mon 10 Aug
Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story
An exhibition exploring the central role Pringle has played in the production and design of knitwear in Scotland and around the world.
Thu 30 Jul
Fri 31 Jul
Sat 1 Aug
Museum After Hours
National Museum of Scotland Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours across three exhilarating nights, each with hand-picked performers, music, comedy, bars and entry to our fascinating exhibition, Photography: A Victorian Sensation. Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at the List…
Fri 14 Aug
Fri 21 Aug
Photography: A Victorian Sensation
Learn all about the Victorian craze for photography.
Thu 30 Jul
Fri 31 Jul
Sat 1 Aug
The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today
Exhibition celebrating the country's longstanding creativity and skill with silver.
Fri 18 Sep
Sat 19 Sep
Sun 20 Sep
Waterloo: After the Battle
Learn about the impact of the Battle of Waterloo in it's bicentennial year.
Thu 30 Jul
Fri 31 Jul
Reviews & features
Win tickets to Museum After Hours
Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the National Museum of Scotland after hours across three exhilarating nights. Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza will offer a different and…
The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Edinburgh3 Mar 2015
Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie
Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…
Preview: the National Museum of Scotland22 Jul 2011
A peek inside the museum, plus reminiscences from notable Edinburghers and a guide to coming events
The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is due to reopen this month after a three-year, £46.4 million redevelopment. David Pollock takes an exclusive peak behind closed doors to find out about the new exhibits
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh16 Feb 2011
Newly renovated NMS showcases Scottish achievements
A country with as many scientists, inventors and explorers as Scotland needs a place to show off all its achievements – and nowhere does the job better than the newly renovated National Museum
National Museum of Scotland to celebrate start of renovations24 Apr 2008
The National Museum of Scotland will celebrate the start of the £46.4m Royal Museum Project renovations with a weekend of entertainment. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will headline the event, which runs from Sat 26–Sun 27 Apr. See www.nms.ac.uk/celebration