National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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This excellent modern museum in Edinburgh's Old Town displays artifacts from across Scotland, including Viking brooches, Pictish carved stones, ancient chessmen, medieval oak carvings and more.

Go Historic ID
318741
Short URL
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Names
National Museum of Scotland
Address
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH1 1JF
Postcode
EH1 1JF
Coordinates
55.946926° N, 3.190466° W
Website
www.nms.ac.uk
Phone
0131 225 7534
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Description of National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland occupies a striking modern building designed by the architectural firm Benson and Forsyth and constructed from 1991 to 1998. Made of creamy yellow Moray sandstone, it features a large round tower that stands prominently at the intersection of two major roads in Edinburgh's Old Town. Although very modern, the architecture of the National Museum is inspired by historic Scottish brochs, tower houses and tenements.Inside, the National Museum of Scotland displays some 12,000 objects from all periods of Scotland's history, from the prehistoric era to the modern day. It contains especially fine collections of Pictish carved slabs and Viking metalwork, and is home to the famous Lewis Chessmen, a set of endearing ivory figures found on the Isle of Lewis.

Timeline

September 28, 2010

Resources

  1. Official Website of National Museum of Scotland Official website.