Dolly the Sheep in the Science and Technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland
Credit: National Museums Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

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

The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. In fact, about one in three tourists in Edinburgh now visit the museum.

Treasures from Around the World

The National Museum of Scotland’s displays over 8000 world treasures in its packed galleries. The collections cover the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design, and the story of Scotland past and present. Highlights include a two-metre-high volcanic geode, the Millennium Clock and the ‘Window on the World’ installation featuring hundreds of objects which represent the museum’s diverse collections.

The life-size T-Rex is also a favourite attraction with visitors. This 12 metre long dinosaur skeleton, cast from a 65 million year old T-Rex specimen, is one of the most complete in the world.

Dolly, the world’s most famous sheep, is also on display here. She was the first mammal in the world to be cloned from an adult cell. Scientists at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh cloned her. And after her death, she was preserved and put on show at the museum. Dolly is just one example of Scotland’s remarkable achievements in science and technology.

Special Exhibitions

The museum always has something new and exciting to see. Furthermore, it hosts special exhibitions throughout the year. Subjects have ranged from the mummies of Ancient Egypt to the modern day works of Pixar Animations.

Visit the National Museum of Scotland

You can visit the National Museum of Scotland for free, although you may have to pay an entrance fee for some exhibitions. It is open daily 10am – 5pm. For more information, please visit the National Museum of Scotland website.