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National Museum of Scotland

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National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Telephone (0131) 476 6310
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National Museum of Scotland

From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, our galleries contain treasures from around the world.

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.

Open up a treasure trove of decorative arts in our new Art, Design and Fashion galleries. Explore the ideas that have shaped design through the centuries and get front row seats at a catwalk of creativity in textiles and style. Over in Science and Technology, get hands on with inventions and innovations as science is brought to life through displays and interactives.

Grand Gallery, Discoveries and Window on the World -Your journey from Scotland to the world begins in the Grand Gallery, one of Scotland’s most beautiful spaces.

Art, Design and Fashion galleries -These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style. Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.

Natural World galleries -A giant T.rex guards our Natural World galleries, where we ask the big questions: how does the world work? What do we know about it?

Scottish History and Archaeology galleries – Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science.

Science and Technology galleries – Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives? Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through interactive games and thought-provoking displays.

World Cultures galleries – How can you travel around the world without leaving Scotland? By visiting our World Cultures galleries.

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How to get here

By bike

Edinburgh is a cycle-friendly city. At peak times, cyclists can share the buses’ green lanes and many junctions have advance cycle stop lines. Cycle racks are available on Chambers Street to park your bike.

By bus

A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge. Single and day tickets are available. Lothian Buses’ family DAYticket allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel together on day services. During the summer there is a special weekend bus, Service 9, which runs between the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information.

Edinburgh Bus Tours open-top buses also stop at the museum. Visit for details.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk away.
Visit for further details and to plan your journey.

By car or coach

Follow signs to the city centre. Off-street parking is available at nearby at NCP sites.

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