Destination UK

A visit to the National Museum of Scotland

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March 10, 2017

After visiting Edinburgh Castle we headed off down the Royal Mile in search of something else to do.
We liked the look of the Camera Obscura but being half term meant the queue outside was huge, so we left that idea behind and headed for the National Museum of Scotland instead which had the double bonus of being free.
The National Museum of Scotland houses diverse collections that will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof and the kids were wow’d from the off.
National Museum of Scotland
We started in the natural world galleries, which tell the story of our planet from animals to meteorites, monsters of the deep to earthquakes and volcanoes.
National Museum of Scotland
The museum was a real winner with the kids as although it was packed full of things to look at, it was the interactive part that kept them interested. We got to compare our weight to various animals, guess which animal made what sound and test our reaction times.
National Museum of Scotland
We then headed into the World Cultures galleries which link people and possessions across the globe. It was fascinating seeing how people lived in other countries and the kids were fascinated by the prayer wheels.
National Museum of Scotland
It was the science and technology part of the museum where they could get their hands on all sorts of fun things to do, with inventions and innovations as science is brought to life through displays and interactives.
National Museum of Scotland
We got a robot to spell our names………
National Museum of Scotland
Flew a hot air balloon high into the museum……..
National Museum of Scotland
In another exhibition we got to follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in the Scottish galleries.
Scottish galleries
We only had three hours at the muesum before it closed so didn’t get to see it all, however we made sure we visited the roof terrace as it offers fabulous views over Edinburgh.
We timed it just right to get a view over Edinburgh Castle at sunset.
Edinburgh Castle
We headed back downstairs to try and see as much of the museum as possible before it closed.
National Museum of Scotland
I would recommend allowing a full day to explore the museum as there is just so much to see and do.
National Museum Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

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    Sarah Ebner

    March 10, 2017

    I can’t believe we have never taken the kids here! It sounds great – with loads to do for the whole family. Lovely.

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    March 10, 2017

    We didn’t get to go in here when we went to Edinburgh. I think my children would love it the next time we visit. Even better that it has free entry!

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    March 10, 2017

    I love Edinburgh, but haven’t been for years.
    I know my children would love the science-y part of the museum too!

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    March 10, 2017

    Look like you had a fantastic day out. I LOVE interactive places like this!

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    March 10, 2017

    We have never yet been to Scotland – isn’t that awful?! My kids (for all they are a bit older now) would still secretly love this.

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    five little doves

    March 10, 2017

    We love Edinburgh and are up there next weekend for a wedding. We have a free day before hand so we might check this out, we’ve never been here before!

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    Linda Hobbis

    March 10, 2017

    Looks a great museum. You’ll have to visit ours here in Cardiff. We have dinosaurs too. I love Edinburgh and hope to come to do one of your ghost walks.

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    March 11, 2017

    We always go here when we’re in Edinburgh. It’s such a brilliant place to wander about for ages and the boys love it!

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    March 11, 2017

    Fab review. It may sound naive but I honestly never even contemplated Scotland would have a natural history museum lol. I’ve been to the London one loads. Defo added this to my to do list ????????????

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    Jen Walshaw

    March 12, 2017

    I have never taken the boys to Scotland. I must rectify that. Thi looks like a great place to visit with something for everyone.

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    Kerry norris

    March 12, 2017

    I love Edinburgh. I’ve not been since I’ve had my girls. Would love to take them. This looks like a great museum with lots of hands on things x

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    Zena's Suitcase

    March 12, 2017

    What a great family day out. My girls would love to go here. If it’s interactive it always keeps them entertained

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    Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook

    March 12, 2017

    I like the animal weigh in and isn’t the castle so handsome at sunset.

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    March 12, 2017

    What a wonderful and magical place. A great time if fun and learning for the whole family x

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    March 14, 2017

    Another amazing place you visited kara! You have been busy having adventures recently 😉 Will make sure we add this to our places to visit when we get up to Scotland.

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    Kate Williams

    March 16, 2017

    Oh my goodness that dinosaur skeleton! I’d love to see that too.

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    Cass Bailey

    March 20, 2017

    This looks fab – we’re going to Edinburgh in May so I’l add this to our list x

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    Jordan Adkins

    March 25, 2017

    Ive always been fascinated by Scotland and yet know almost nothing about it except from the odd movie – Even though I have been here three times! This will be #1 on my list for the next visit, and I hope I can time it for sunset so I get that amazing picture that you managed! Well done!

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    Kevin's Travel Diary

    March 26, 2017

    headed to Scotland soon with my daughter and I’m glad I came across your post, seems like a great place for a day out with the kids. This is now a must do for us. Thanks for sharing

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