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Short URL
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Names
National Museum of Scotland National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Address
Chambers Street EdinburghEH1 1JF
Location
Edinburgh  locality
Scotland  country
United Kingdom  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
1991-98
Coordinates
55.946926° N, 3.190466° W
Admission
free
Phone
0131 225 7534
Website
www.nms.ac.uk

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.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

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