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Museums in Edinburgh

Exhibitions Showcasing the Best of Scottish History

First as a collection of separate tribes, then as a unified Scotland, and now as part of the UK as a whole, Scotland’s history is full of amazing stories, some known the world over, and others waiting to be discovered. The Edinburgh museums do an excellent job of bringing this rich history to life, and are home to some items of global significance.

Some museums chart the history of Scotland over the centuries. The National Museum of Scotland, as you might expect has an excellent collection of historic and iconic pieces relating to the country’s legacy. The National War Museum also explores the history of Scotland, focusing on the country’s military, with sobering exhibitions about life and loss during the numerous wars.

Even the lesser known museums, like the Museum of Childhood which takes a nostalgic look at toys and games over the last three centuries, and the Museum on the Mound, focusing on the history of money and banking, captivate audiences and are rated among the best attractions on TripAdvisor.

Complement your visit to the Scottish capital by learning about the events that shaped Edinburgh, as well as Scotland as a whole.

 

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Image of National Museum of Scotland Courtesy of Subberculture via Flickr
Image of National Museum of Scotland Courtesy of Subberculture via Flickr

National Museum of Scotland

A Millennium of Iconic Scottish History

Explore Scotland's rich and varied history at the National Museum of Scotland. From Dolly the sheep to the 11th century Lewis Chessmen, the museum contains some of the country's most important historical pieces.

National Museum of Scotland
Image of National Scottish War Museum Courtesy of Connie Ma Via Flickr
Image of National Scottish War Museum Courtesy of Connie Ma Via Flickr

Scottish National War Museum

Remembering the Brave Members of the Scottish Military

Charting four centuries of Scottish military history, the National War Museum brings to life historic battles and shows the human tragedy of war.

National War Museum
Image of Museum of Childhood Courtesy of Martin Moscosa Via Flickr
Image of Museum of Childhood Courtesy of Martin Moscosa Via Flickr

Museum of Childhood

A Nostalgic Trip down Memory Lane

No matter what decade you were born in, the Museum of Childhood will have you longing for your old Lego set or long-lost Barbie. Features toys and games dating back to the 19th Century.

The Museum of Childhood
Image of Museum on the Mound Courtesy of Glynniqua Via Flickr
Image of Museum on the Mound Courtesy of Glynniqua Via Flickr

Museum on the Mound

Exploring the World of Money and Much More

From the first Scottish bank note, to £1 million in twenty-pound noted suspended from the ceiling, Museum on the Mound is a surprisingly exciting journey into the world of financial history of Scotland.

Museum on the Mound

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