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National Museum of Scotland

From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, the galleries in the National Museum of Scotland contain treasures from around the world, all under one roof.

This April we’re inviting you to explore our exciting new Build and Break exhibition in the Grand Gallery where you can build your own playground with giant blocks or be let loose on our tinker bench and explore all kinds of electronic waste. 

You can also get hands-on with interactive workshops in the Learning Centre or find out more about robots in the museum’s Robots Exhibition and associated events. Discover science with real scientists from The University of Edinburgh. Visit the Learning Centre and Hawthornden Court for family-friendly drop-in activities, bookable workshops and shows.


     There are three places to eat within the museum, the Brasserie, Balcony Cafe and Tower Restaurant.

    Packed lunches can be eaten in the Group Room in the entrance hall (provided it has not been reserved).

    There are also cloakroom facilities available within the building.


Access information:

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   The venue is fully wheelchair accessible throughout

    There is a wheelchair-friendly lift

    There are accessible toilets available on all levels

    A changing places toilet is available on the ground floor near the entrance 

    Hearing loops are available

    Assistance dogs are welcome

     Baby changing is available

    Parking is available out the front of the Museum


Travel information:
You can get to National Museum of Scotland on following Lothian Buses services: 2, 23, 27, 35, 41, 42, 45, 47, 67.

Many of our venues in and around the city centre are easily accessible on foot and by public transport so please consider the environment when planning your travel to and from our events. Public transport information is available from Traveline Scotland - and 0871 200 22 33 - 24 hours a day.