Opened in 1998, the National Museum of Scotland, graced with beautiful architecture, hosts permanent and travelling exhibitions. A treasure trove of Scottish heritage, the museum provides a fun and fascinating overview of both the country's history and natural sciences (especially regarding paleontology). Through more than 10,000 objects, it introduces the visitor to the world of the earliest Scots, the birth of a nation, and the country as it stands today. Expect an educational approach complimented by pleasing displays.
Do not miss the Cramond Lioness, a Roman sculpture, the old tombstones, or the 11 ivory pieces from a Viking chess set. The section on the country's industrial development is particularly interesting, with its gorgeous model ships, steam trains, and automated animals. A place with something for all generations - and entrance is free of charge!
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
+44 300 123 6789