National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

Looking for a great day trip for absolutely free? The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a treasure trove of historical artefacts just waiting to be explored! What began as a place to tell Scotland’s history has grown into a collection of exhibitions so large that you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. They have many different displays from Ancient Egypt to Scotland at the turn of the century, as well as the National Museum of Flight, the National War Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life. They routinely have special exhibitions but you will have to check out the website to see which events are happening around the time that you want to visit the museum. With so much to see you could spend the whole day here!

How many items are on display at the National Museum of Scotland?

The museum houses over 73,000 items from different historic periods! There are 6 levels of the museum for you to explore and engage with no admission fees!

Fun fact for the fashion lovers they also have pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir and Pringle as part of their fashion gallery and also give you the chance to make your own fashion. This really is a great way to spend the day if you are looking for a wet weather plan, need to entertain the kids or want to visit some kind of their special exhibitions!

  • The opening times are 10 am – 5 pm every day
  • The balcony café is on level 3 and is open to 5 pm as well
  • You can also buy things like jewellery, chess sets and souvenirs at the shop
  • You can also become a member or make a donation



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