National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is the largest UK museum outside of London, welcoming in excess of 2 million visitors per year. Visitors here can see ‘the world under one roof’, with international collections of the Natural World, World Cultures, Art, Design and Fashion, Science and Technology and Scottish History and Archaeology.

Displaying 20,000 items across 36 galleries, highlights include Sir Alexander Fleming’s Nobel Prize medal for the discovery of penicillin; Mary, Queen of Scots’ jewellery; Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell; a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton cast; and Napoleon’s tea service.

First opened in 1866, the Museum recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. One of the major public buildings in the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, the Museum plays a vital role in Scotland’s capital city today, as a draw for both local residents and tourists. The magnificent Victorian building is undergoing restoration as part of  a 15 year £80 million development plan. To date 26 new galleries have been opened with the final phase, two new galleries showcasing internationally important Ancient Egypt and East Asian collections, due for completion in Spring 2019.


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National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF