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Address: Chambers Street / Edinburgh / EH1 1JF

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      25.10.2012 09:28
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      Neat museum with so many different items all under one roof

      There really is so many wonderful places to visit around Edinburgh however museums wasn't on my 'to see' list. As we was walking back from sightseeing we came across the National Museum, it just started to rain so we thought to kill some time why not go in? National Museum of Scotland: 'From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, our galleries contain treasures from around the world. From meteorites to monsters from the deep, our natural world galleries tell the story of our planet, while our world cultures gallery link people and possession across the globe.' - www.nms.ac.uk Most of the museums around Edinburgh are free admission so it is a great way to have a few hours out and keeping the spending low. From the outside I didn't think the museum was going to be as big as it was, it was like Alice stepping into wonderland as you walked through the doors. When I walked in the first thing that hit me was the size of the museum, it was clean, bright and well just so much to see and take in. The museum is spaced out over several floors; and sections on each floor had different exhibits to see. Pretty much things from all around the world, past, space and pre-historic times. I personally went into my own little bubble going around the museum in other words I geeked out! Inside despite there being a lot to see it was spacious, disabled friendly with good sized lifts to each floor. All items were set out well and weren't stuffed together, which was great as the public could see everything they wanted. Around the museum there were also places you could sit and several toilets dotted around which were again spacious, clean and with mother and baby facility. There was also a cafe which I must admit was on the pricey side but as we didn't pay for admission we didn't mind paying. For a large slice of cake and two cups of tea it came to just under £10.00, the carrot cake was scrumptious and tasted homemade which I really liked. I can't really write about everything within the museum but one of my favourite parts to see was the space exhibit it had the map of the stars. The room lighting had been dimmed down to fit into the darker atmosphere of space. Wonderful light up displays and little educational games that were set out if you wanted a go. From the space theme it leads onto dinosaurs and pre-historic animals and creatures which are again something I find that interests me. The t-Rex bones that are there are moulded from some original ones! In this section again there were little educational tools you could do. The museums is based in eight sections - Grand Gallery Discoveries Window of the Wold Scotland Natural World World Cultures Science and Technology Art and Design Please see for more in-depth www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/national_museum/explore_the_galleries.aspx Another section I spent a lot of time in was fascinating mummies, which had a great selection of items from ancient Egypt another passion of mine. There was a great display of coffins, figures, mummified items, masks, jewellery and lots of interesting facts from around that time and some information on today's life in Egypt. If you do plan on visiting here I would in my opinion give yourself a good few hours so you can take everything in. There really so much to see and something to interest everyone, great for education for children and well just and interesting place in general. Throughout the year the museum hosts many different events having topic of month etc, so well worth looking to see what is on before you visit. It really was just so intriguing to see such wonderful/different/odd items from around the world. Even Dolly the sheep! The gift shop inside the museum was by the exit; well the exit and entrance doors are the same. The gift shop is a good size with plenty of gifts that relate to items that are exhibited within the museum. Price wise I personally felt they were a little pricey but other items rather reasonably priced up. Getting to the museum itself from the main Waverley Station it took us around 10 minutes, it is just off the Royal Mile. So you are out and about sightseeing in town it isn't going to take you long to get there. Overall: A nice place that I would consider viewing again, a lot to see and a great way to kill a few hours and the bonus is it being educational too. Free admission so great if you're trying to limit the spending while out, you don't have to purchase food from them as you can take a packed lunch if you wish. All in all I enjoyed my time here and would certainly recommend it. Five out of five stars Thank you for reading my review. Additional Information: Opening times - 10:00-17:00 National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF

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