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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

Festive open
Open daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Christmas Day, 25 Dec closed
Boxing Day, 26 Dec: 12:00 -17:00
New Year's Day, 1 Jan: 12:00 - 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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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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Our museums need your support to protect the objects in our care and bring their stories to life. Please donate today.

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