The National Museum of Scotland
Updated: May 17, 2020
The National Museum of Scotland is a vast and surprising museum that covers lots of subjects: science, nature, cultures, arts and the history of Scotland.
At first, I thought I'll make a quick round at nature & science sections (which I can see in lots of other museums), and leave enough time to the history section. But things didn't work as I planned. The nature gallery was excellent! Great clear explanations about so many natural phenomena, with lots of fun illustrations and games that you can quickly lose yourself.
I didn't have time to explore the art galleries, and after 3.5 hours, I only checked half of the six History of Scotland galleries. It's a place you can visit for a whole day. The museum has an app: Highlights, which helps to navigate in this massive museum and send you directly to the essential items.
Among other significant items and displays, you will find some highlights like Dolly, the Sheep, a 12 meter-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, Ching Ching – a stuffed famous Panda, an authentic steam engine and lot more.
The history galleries are full of stories and items. I think that visiting such a museum is essential to understand the roots and values of the local society. It helps to understand better all the other sites you visit, so I'm usually trying to visit the local museum as soon as I can.
The entrance is free.