Family days out near me: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - From Dolly the sheep to dinosaurs, venture into a world of discovery
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Name: National Museum of Scotland
Description: With over 20,000 object on display – from Dolly the sheep to dinosaurs – the museum brings together the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, diverse cultures and game-changing scientific breakthroughs, alongside exquisite art, design and fashion from across the centuries.
Location: Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF.The museum is a 10-minute walk from Waverley Station.A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge.
Suitable for: All age groups are welcome. The museum is fully accessible and wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge.
Entry costs: Admission is free and there’s no need to book a time slot.
Opening hours: The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
What they say: “The National Museum of Scotland is the UK’s most popular attraction outside of London."Thousands of amazing objects across multiple spectacular galleries offer something for everyone, with family-friendly spaces filled with activities and spaces for reflection, stories and experimentation.”There is a world of discovery under one roof.”
What visitors say: "I was really impressed with the child zones where there were a lot of great activities.”“Awesome! Bring your kids, bring your neighbours, bring your grandkids, heck bring your friends.”"Lots of different areas to go into and I can see why people would spend all day in there as there is loads to view. Kids really enjoyed it.”“The displays are beautiful, awe-inspiring, and rich with information. From animals, to technology, to the stars, and the deep past – there is absolutely something for everyone.”
Look out for: This autumn sees the return of the popular Magic Carpet sessions for parents and babies.At Christmas, families and Whovians of all ages can enjoy Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, and a ground-breaking new exhibition exploring the science behind the global hit television series.
What’s nearby: Numerous city centre landmarks and attraction are within walking distance, including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and the Scottish National Gallery.
Parking: There is limited on-street metered parking in Chamber Street. You’ll find a number of paying car parks nearby, the closest being Nicolson Square.
Facilities: The museum has two cafes, the Balcony Cafe and the Museum Brasserie, and a group space for visitors to enjoy packed lunches. It has a choice of gift shops, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities