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A large, 3-story gallery space with an atrium where life-size models of animals are on display including marine life which hangs from the ceiling.

National Museum of Scotland

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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Tel: 0300 123 6789


Free entry

E-gift vouchers: Purchase an e-gift voucher, which can be used for tickets to paid exhibitions and events at the National Museum of Scotland, in addition to the National Museum of Flight and the National Museum of Rural Life. Our e-gift vouchers can also be used to buy National Museums Scotland Membership to allow free, unlimited entry to all of our museums and exhibitions.

Opening times

Museum open
Open daily, 10:00 - 17:00

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Family hub

All you need to know for a great family visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Tickets now available: Game On

29 Jun - 3 Nov 2024

Get set for Game On - the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games. Tickets now on sale.

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Coming Soon: Cold War Scotland

13 Jul 2024 - 26 Jan 2025

Exploring Scotland’s critical position on the frontline of the Cold War, a new exhibition will tell the stories of the Scots at the centre of this global conflict.

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Duleep Portrait

South Asian Stories trail

A collaborative trail at the National Museum of Scotland on stories of South Asian cultural and religious life.

South Asian Stories trail
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Plan a schools visit

The natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art and fashion, archaeology and Scottish history – whatever your topic, bring your class on a visit to find out more.

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Museum maps

Plan your visit to the National Museum of Scotland with our maps to view online or print at home.

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