National Museum of Scotland,
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK – with approximately one in three tourists in Edinburgh now visiting the museum. Having undergone a stunning £47 million transformation in 2012, it reopened to rave reviews.
“With fascinating collections showcased in magnificent, award-winning surroundings, the National Museum of Scotland is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Scotland’s cultural crown.” – Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government.
The National Museum of Scotland’s galleries display over 8000 treasures from around the world. Covering the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design, and the story of Scotland past and present. Highlights include a 2 metre high volcanic geode, the Museum’s Millennium Clock, and the ‘Window on the World’ installation featuring hundreds of objects which represent the Museum’s diverse collections.
The life-size T-Rex is a favourite attraction with visitors. The 12 metre long dinosaur skeleton was cast from a 65 million year old T-Rex specimen, one of the most complete in the world.
The museum is also home to Dolly – the world’s most famous sheep. She was the first mammal in the world to be cloned from an adult cell. She was cloned at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh and after her death, she was preserved and put on show at the museum as an example of Scotland’s remarkable achievements in science and technology.
Special exhibitions are hosted by the museum throughout the year. From the mummies of Ancient Egypt to the modern day works of Pixar Animations, there is always something new and exciting to see.
The museum is free to visit, although some exhibitions charge an entrance fee. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Visit the National Museum of Scotland website for more information.