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Welcome to the National Museum of Scotland

In line with the updated Scottish Government guidelines, you no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit. Entry is free and we are open daily, 10.00 - 17.00. 


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The Mary, Queen of Scots silver casket

See an iconic piece of Scotland’s national heritage, the silver casket believed to have been owned by Mary, Queen of Scots 👑

See the casket on display
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Family Galleries

What do an oak tree, building a fantasy landscape and getting a robot to spell out your name have in common? You can explore all of these (and more) in our interactive galleries, including the newly transformed Adventure Planet!

Filled with activities and spaces for reflection, stories and experimentation, our family friendly galleries have something for everyone.

Explore these galleries

National Museum of Scotland

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


Free entry

Opening times

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

Visiting safely

A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines such as enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.

From Monday 18 April, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings but we still strongly recommend that visitors wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:

Please keep your distance from others. We recommend wearing face coverings in our indoor spaces.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Card payments are the preferred method of payment.
Wash your hands often.    

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Museum maps

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

View and download the maps
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Support us

Our museums need your support to protect the objects in our care and bring their stories to life. Please donate today.

Thank you.

Donate today
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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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We take pride in maintaining the highest standards to make your visit as rewarding as possible.

We're Good to Go

We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means that National Museums Scotland has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing.

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