What to see at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh: timetables, prices and advice

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Born from the merger of two old Edinburgh museums, the National Museum of Scotland today presents itself as a huge complex in which it is possible to spend a whole day retracing the various historical processes of the country, from prehistoric times to the present day. But not only that: in the adjacent building and connected to it, there are objects from all over the world, belonging to every type of sector, from fashion to science, from art to technology.


  1. What to see and how to visit the National Museum of Scotland
  2. Ground floor
  3. First and second floor
  4. Third floor
  5. Fourth floor and fifth floor
  6. Sixth floor
  7. Hours and prices
  8. Online tickets and guided tours
  9. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland, located in Edinburgh, is the place where it is possible to retrace the history of Scotland and shows all the steps that led it to be the country it is today, with its culture and traditions.
The museum is on six floors, plus ground floor and terrace, from which it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. The route is organized in chronological order, from the first to the last floor.

The Museum is particularly sensitive to visitors with disabilities, so it is possible to organize the visit using the wheelchairs available at the entrance or along special paths dedicated to the blind, deaf and autistic people.

Ground floor

The first land relates to the prehistoric era and shows, in addition to the geological formation process of the nation, also the way of life of the first inhabitants.

First and second floor

The exhibition of these two floors concerns the historical events of Scotland from 900 to 1707, retracing the life and deeds of the most illustrious personalities who determined its birth as a nation.

Third floor

The third floor tells the story of Scotland from 1707 to the th century, a period in which the Scottish parliament united with the English one, accompanied by a strong process of industrialization represented, inside the museum, by enormous machinery still in operation.

Fourth floor and fifth floor

Without a precise historical location, but undoubtedly definable around the twentieth century, this plan tells the passage of the Scottish inhabitants from the countryside to the city.

Sixth floor

A plan in constant evolution as it shows the history and life of the Scots from the First World War to the present day, through a series of objects and multimedia materials.

Hours and prices

  • every day, from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on December 25th. On January 1st open from 12:00 to 17:00
  • Best time to avoid queues: in the morning, as in the afternoon it is also frequented by families with children.
  • free

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Schedule it in the morning: the museum is particularly organized with activities for children, so the afternoon is more frequented by families with their children and you may find more confusion.
  2. Check the events: numerous events are organized inside the museum for this reason we invite you to check the calendar to check if an event of interest is planned on the day of your visit or if you prefer to schedule it on another day to avoid queues.
  3. Photos inside the museum: with the exception of some temporary exhibitions, inside the museum it is possible to take photos for free for personal use, even with the use of flash.
  4. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of three hours for the visit.
  5. Safety: at the entrance you may be asked to check your backpack or bag for safety reasons.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the museum is located in the center, on Chambers Street - Get directions
  • By bus: with lines 24, 35, 41, X54, x61, Museum of Scotland stop
  • By bike: if you reach the museum by bicycle, you can use the dedicated car park right on Chambers Street

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The National Museum of Scotland today it is formed by the union of the National Museum of Scotland with the Royal Scottish Museum; they are located in separate buildings, but connected to each other.
The palace dedicated to the Royal Museum of Scotland is divided into galleries.

  • Window of the world gallery: the largest installation in Great Britain hosting more than 800 pieces from all over the world. Here you can also admire the Millenium Clock, dedicated to the history of the twentieth century.
  • Natural word galleries: rooms dedicated to natural history.
  • Art, design & fashion galleries: exhibition dedicated to the evolution of decorative art, design and fashion.
  • Science & Technology Gallery: pavilion reserved for all past and recent achievements of industry and scientific research.

A curiosity: the museum also houses the famous stuffed sheep "Dolly"!

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