View of the Grand Gallery
Credit: National Museums Scotland

Visit to the National Museum of Scotland

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Sat 28 Jan 2017

Last weekend I went on a visit to the National Museum of Scotland with my husband and kids. This is one of our favourite places for a family day out as there is always something new to see there.

Burns Unbound

This time there was a special family event on called Burns Unbound, celebrating the poetry and legacy of Robert Burns. There was lots of entertainment to enjoy, including a family ceilidh, traditional music, Scottish stories and crafts – perfect for our children, who are both under 5. It was very busy so we didn’t take part in everything, but we enjoyed listening to the music and had a dance at the Ceilidh Kids session.

National Museum Scotland

We went to see some of the main exhibits in the museum too, including the Natural World galleries, where you can learn about the earth and nature. There are lots of animal models to see, a dinosaur skeleton, an extensive geology collection and more. We really liked the Science and Technology galleries too, particularly the transport and engineering sections. The kids loved the interactive exhibits and got to sit in a racing car!

Our children are still very young so we like to keep our visits short, usually two or three hours. There is so much more to see at the museum, with galleries devoted to history and archaeology, art and fashion, world cultures and special exhibitions. We can never fit it all in. But we’ll be back again soon for another visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF