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Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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The Museum of Scotland is an excellent modern museum in Edinburgh's Old Town. It displays artifacts from across Scotland and beyond, including Viking brooches, Pictish carved stones, ancient chessmen, medieval oak carvings and more.


Construction on the Museum of Scotland began in 1991 by the architects Benson & Forsyth and it opened in 1998. The building was nominated for the Stirling prize for architecture in 1999. Together with the Victorian-style Royal Museum next door, it is part of the National Museums of Scotland.

What to See

Made of Moray sandstone, the architecture of the Museum of Scotland is modern and striking. It is predominantly geometric in form, but pays homage to some traditional elements of Scottish design, such as the castle-like round tower and elements of brochs, tower houses and tenements.

Inside, seven levels are interconnected in unexpected ways, in order to emphasize the connections between the eras and events of Scottish history.

Covering virtually the entirety of Scottish history, the museum's exhibits include some 12,000 objects that illustrate the religious beliefs, daily lives and ideals of the people of Scotland from the earliest tribes to the present day.

In addition to a rich collection of ancient artifacts and historical displays, the museum provides encounters with the contributions of modern Scotland - from Alexander Graham Bell to the Hillman Imp to Dolly the sheep.

The official website of the National Museum of Scotland describes their collection this way:

Permanent exhibitions of the museum have the following themes:

The Museum of Scotland also includes a large gift shop, a renowned restaurant providing lunch and dinner (the Tower Restaurant, 131/225-3003), and a roof garden with fine views. Next door is the Royal Museum (also free), with 36 more galleries to explore.

Quick Facts on Museum of Scotland

Site Information
Names:National Museum of Scotland; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Edinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates:55.946926° N, 3.190466° W  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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  1. National Museum of Scotland - official website
  2. National Museum of Scotland - Undiscovered Scotland
  3. National Museum of Scotland - Rough Guide to Scotland
  4. Museum of Scotland - Frommer's Scotland

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Title:Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/27/2009
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