Just at the Southern end of Edinburgh’s Old Town sits the impressive National Museum of Scotland.
The museum’s exterior is almost as impressive as its interior thanks to its striking architecture. Spread across two buildings, one contemporary but distinctively Scottish, the other a fine piece of Victorian design; it links the Scotland of the past with the Scotland of the present.
Inside lies a jaw-dropping collection, covering the areas of geology, archaeology, science, art, natural history and much more. The museum contains over 8,000 objects, including medieval relics, sculptures, fossils and even some Elton John memorabilia! The star attractions are the Maiden, an early form of guillotine; and the stuffed body of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal.
There really is no better place to gain an understanding of Scottish culture and history. So if your group wants to expand their knowledge of Scotland beyond kilts and bagpipes, this is the place.
Admission is free, but if you're planning to go as a group get in touch with the National Museum first to make sure your group gets the best experience.
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