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Visiting Museum of Scotland Edinburgh

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When you visit the National Museum of Scotland, then you will start your journey throughout the discovery of Scotland History and around the world as well. You can see the wonders of art, design, nature, fashion, technology and even science inside this building. No wonder that many people visit this museum and there are many great things you will find here.

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Many Things to See and Do in Museum of Scotland

Many Things to See and Do in Museum of Scotland

1. Visiting the Grand Gallery

1. Visiting the Grand Gallery

You should know that Grand Gallery becomes one of the most beautiful spaces in Scotland and giving you wonderful starter for your visiting as well. Of course, you can take a picture with the noble of Giant Deer skeleton and do not forget to say hello to the huge skull of Moby – the whale and you can wonder at the machine which been used to squish the atoms.

2. Dolly – the popular sheep

2. Dolly – the popular sheep

There is a great story about Dolly that lives throughout the Museum exhibition. This is not a normal sheep – she created history. As the first mammal that been cloned from the adult cell, then Dolly provides that the nucleus from that cell can create a whole of organisms although being differentiated for some specific scientific function. This sheep has three mothers and was still become the embodiment for the human success story. Dolly was received much love from the persons around her and being conceived in the Roslin Institute which is known as the part of Edinburgh University.

3. The Coffins of Arthur's Seat

3. The Coffins of Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh has the dark and slightly unnerving in the past. Back to 1835, the most unusual unearthing came inside the cave of the majestic mountain, Arthur's Seat. It was started from the five young boys who hunt for rabbits as they found something unusual – there are 17 miniature coffins. Then each coffin held the wooden figurine of human wear the custom made clothing. However, the fact behind these coffins is still bringing ambiguity. Some people believed that they were linked to the terrible Burke and Hare murders. Today, you can see the eight coffins in the museum.

4. See the Moby

4. See the Moby

When you walking to the main part of the museum is like you entering another part of the world. There are many cultures crossed each other and the exhibited color create the kaleidoscope effect. Among all of this beauty, then Moby is stand out as well. Back in 1997, the sperm of whale was found in the Firth of Forth waters. Although the locals give concern effort, however, the whale is unfortunately died and being washed up to the beach. Today, you can see the skull of this great whale which been named as Moby.

5. Entering to the Mammal Collection

5. Entering to the Mammal Collection

This is very hard not to be jaw-dropping by this incredible of mammal collection. This museum is a house for 50.000 mammals that came from the United Kingdom and around the world. Then you can learn about quagga is a very unique zebra – the museum has the only one ever photographed alive. Then you can see to the fascination combination of past life and present life as well.

6. Fashion gallery

6. Fashion gallery

For fashion followers will have exciting entering to the Fashion and Style Gallery. Each collection on display will capture any onlooker as well. The collection also told a story and documenting all of the aspects in an anthropological sense.

Museum of Scotland Edinburgh Tips and Tricks

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How To Get Around?

The lifts are available on all of the floors and there is much seating around the museum. You do not have to worry about getting lost because you are able to download a museum map in order to see the exact location of toilets and lifts were accessible. Even there wheelchairs are available without any charge. So, it's pretty easy to get around and visit each section here.

What Should I Wear?

There is no exact rule about what you should wear when entering this museum, then you can wear any modest outfit like jeans and other clothes are allowed.

Museum of Scotland Edinburgh Facts

Best Time to Visit

If you want to avoid the crowd, the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are the calmest days. Then Saturday will be the busiest day. Because of this museum is the free entrance, then you do not see the line. However, when there is the popular exhibition, then the museum is crowding as well.


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Will I Need a Guide?

A guide is very welcome, however as mentioned before that you can download the map so you will know precisely where you are. So, the chance of getting lost is low. But, if you want someone to tell you the complete story, then you can hire one.

How To Get There?

Edinburgh is very cycle friendly city and has many junctions for cycle stop lines. There are many racks in the Chambers Street to park your bike. For public transportation, then you can by bus through the town center and stop in the outside of the museum. Even the open-top buses stop in the outside of the museum as well.

Additional Info

You are allowed to take photographs, even with flash in the galleries. However, photography is not allowed during special exhibitions.

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