National Museum of Scotland

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Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland. In 2011 the National Museum of Scotland re-opened after a £47m transformation with new galleries and hands-on activities.

There are three places to eat in the Museum. The Brasserie serves hot and cold meals, home baking and ice cream while the Balcony Cafe serves tea, coffee, home baking, soup and cold snacks. The Tower restaurant is well known for its fine dining and fantastic views.

Getting to the National Museum of Scotland

The following Lothian Buses will take you to the National Museum of Scotland:
2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, 49

There is limited paid parking available on Chambers Street and single yellow lines and Pay and Display spaces on side streets.

Accessing the National Museum of Scotland

The following access facilities are available at the venue:

  • Level entrance to the museum via the main entrance to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street
  • Lifts are available to all floors
  • Induction loop available at the Museum Information Desk and in the Auditorium and Dunfermline Room lecture theatre
  • Adapted toilets are available. Many have baby changing units and changing benches
  • Touch tours: To arrange a special tour with handling sessions for visitors with visual impairments please email or call 0131 247 4041
  • Signed tours (BSL): If you wish to book a BSL interpreter for any tours or other events, please email, giving at least two weeks’ notice
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Ask at the Information Desk on arrival
  • There is a variety of seating throughout the museum
  • Cloakroom