National Museum of Scotland

Your journey of discovery starts here.

Museum at home

Although our museums remain closed, there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online.

Find out more

National Museum of Scotland

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

Admission

Free entry

Opening times

The Museum is currently closed to the public until further notice.

Explore the Museum online

Discover the remarkable galleries of the National Museum of Scotland on Google Street View

Look inside the galleries
Alternate Text

History of the museum

Two strands of history come together in the story of the development of the National Museums Scotland: the desire to have a museum reflecting Scottish history and the wish to have a museum demonstrating international cultures, natural and physical sciences, and decorative art for Scotland. Discover our story from the 18th century beginnings to the present day.

History of National Museums Scotland
Alternate Text

Adventure Planet

We have just £50,000 left to raise to transform our Adventure Planet gallery for the next generation – will you help with a gift today?

By donating today, you will help us inspire children to understand nature’s challenges and give them a lifelong love and respect for our natural world.

Donate Now
Alternate Text

Membership

Come and be part of history and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits.

With Membership to National Museums Scotland, you will enjoy fantastic savings, with free entry to our museums, exhibitions, big days out, and access to exclusive Member events and discounts.

Choose to pay by Direct Debit and they'll receive 15 months for the price of 12 in the first year!

Become a Member

Discover more

Awards

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

Back to top

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Although our museums remain closed due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online. See our Museum at home pages for our range of films, games and resources.

NMS Coronavirus Updates

NMS Members Update