National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

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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.

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Chambers Street
55.946926° N, 3.190466° W
0131 225 7534

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.


  • At Home in Edinburgh

    We arrived in Edinburgh around 1:30pm on Sunday, which was earlier than expected, and it was great to have the extra time to wander around at our leisure. The sun was shining brightly and it was actually warm all afternoon, which was a pretty nice welcome. We're quite happy with our hotel, too.

References & Resources

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

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