National Museum of Scotland


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Chambers Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1JF
Scotland

  • Phone: 0300 123 6789

Fire your imagination at the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions. Our diverse collections will 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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Daily: 10:00-17:00 Christmas Day: Closed Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00 New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00

Charges:

Admission free, donations welcome.

Travel directions:

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. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information. During the summer there is a special weekend bus, Service 9 , that runs between the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

See website for details

Services:

  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Foreign language audio guide available
  • General audio-guide available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Sign language interpretation available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Video-conferencing service available

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