Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

National Museum of Scotland

  • Chambers St. Map It
  • Old Town
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

This museum traces the country's fascinating story from the oldest fossils to the most recent popular culture, making it a must-see for first-time visitors to Scotland or anyone interested in history. One of the most famous treasures is the Lewis Chessmen, 11 intricately carved 12th-century ivory chess pieces found in the 19th century on one of Scotland's Western Isles. An extensive renovation of the basement has created a dramatic, cryptlike entrance. Visitors now rise to the light-filled, birdcage wonders of the Victorian grand hall and the upper galleries in glass elevators. Highlights include the hanging hippo and sea creatures of the Wildlife Panorama, a life-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, beautiful Viking brooches, Pictish stones, Jacobite relics, and Queen Mary's clarsach (harp). Time your visit to be in the Discoveries gallery on the hour to see the magnificent Millennium clock tower come to life. The two-story structure (which plays a Bach concerto as its chime) is filled with elaborate and fanciful animatronics, representing the highest and lowest points of the 20th century.

Sight Information

Address:

Chambers St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, Scotland

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Phone:

0300-123–6789

Website: www.nms.ac.uk

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 05/04/2017

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