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National War Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

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The Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG. Tel: +44 (0)131 225 7534.

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      14.11.2000 22:39
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      The National War Museum of Scotland is split into a number of different sections each with it’s own theme and display area. When you go into the main entrance there is choice of turning left, right, or going upstairs. This gives visitors the feeling that they are exploring history, rather than just following a set of arrows around a set route. When I go into any museum I do not like being what I should look at, I want to study what I find interesting. This museum covers the Scottish military history and wars over the past 400 years. The museum includes all the military items that you would expect, such as uniforms, medals and weapons etc., but there is also a lot of emphasis placed on explaining the history behind battles and the significance of different weapons and the behaviour of the troops during a war or battle. There are a number of personal stories depicted in the museum, which seem to bring the displays into relevance and give a much deeper meaning to the articles on view. War is not glorified in the displays, but the pride and honour that the Scottish soldiers had in their uniform, and the causes they were fighting for, are clear to see and understand as you walk around this museum. The museum is actually situated within Edinburgh Castle and the admission fee is included within the admission fee to the castle. Even if you are not a history or military buff, the museum is well worth a visit due to the excellent way it has been laid out and is cared for.

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