The Grand Gallery is one of Scotland’s most beautiful spaces, and provides a spectacular start to your museum visit. Take a photo with the noble Giant Deer skeleton, say hello to the massive skull of Moby the whale and marvel at machinery used to smash atoms.
Every hour the mighty Millennium clock swings into action. Don't miss its unique musical display, which represents the best – and worst – of the 20th century.
Our Scottish galleries guide you from prehistoric times to the present day. Discover a treasure trove of Celtic, Roman and Viking artefacts, including the famous Lewis chess pieces – as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!
Mary, Queen of Scots is Scotland's most controversial monarch. Discover her tumultuous story and see belongings associated with her, including exquisite jewellery like this pendant.
There are hundreds of games throughout the museum. Generate energy running in our giant hamster wheel, drive an F1 car, design your own fashion creations and much, much more! You can try out some of our games on the website here.
Did you know our Science and Technology galleries are home to a celebrity? As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, Dolly is the most famous sheep in the world.
Explore centuries of creativity and innovation in the Fashion and Style gallery. Spot gems by Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir and Pringle of Scotland, and see unusual twists on classic tartan by Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Uncover the darker side of Scottish history with tales of the infamous 'body snatchers' Burke and Hare and Deacon Brodie, the original Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Don't miss the mysterious Arthur's Seat coffins, one of the museum's most intriguing objects.
Finally, don't forget to climb up to our roof terrace, for spectacular panoramic views on Edinburgh. The perfect place for a selfie!
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00
New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00
Free, donations welcome