Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland

From Mystical Celts to Dolly the Sheep.

If you want to discover the full and rich history of Scotland, but don’t quite know where to start – this is a good place. The National Museum of Scotland hosts an array of Scottish antiquities, culture and history, while the attached Royal Museum covers all things relating to world cultures, science and technology. Through both museums you can see the best of Scottish and World History in one day.

Set in easy to navigate chronological order, the earliest periods are displayed on the lowest floors from pre-history to early medieval times and later time periods on the higher levels of the exhibitions.

Uncover the story of the ancient and mystical Celts which spans across Europe, view ancient archaeological findings and symbolic jewellery as they give you an insight into their history. You can also see artefacts such as the Union and Scottish Flag raised by the Jacobites and Hanoverians, Pictish stones, Celtic brooches and sculptures.

The Royal Museum in the adjacent building dates back to 1861, gradually sections were opened to the public and it was fully completed in 1888. Designed by the civil engineer Captain Francis Fowke from the Royal Engineers who was also responsible for the Royal Albert Hall. The Grand Gallery is a sight to behold with long, light flooded glass domed ceiling and balconies all around, which was inspired by The Crystal Palace in London.

Here you can discover Captain Cooks Shelton Clock, a GE 950 – the oldest colour television model ever made and also the stuffed remains of Dolly the Sheep the world’s first cloned mammal from adult cells!

If history or science and technology is your thing, and you want to learn about Scotland during your stay. Start here – you won’t be disappointed.