It’s official, the Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards just named the National Museum of Scotland as the best museum in Britain, ahead of the British Museum in London. Located on Chambers Street in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is a wonderful place to visit and it has something to entertain the whole family, from musical instruments and dressing up for young kids, to interactive displays and racing games for older children, not to mention detailed exhibits on the history of Scotland.
National Museum of Scotland — Photo courtesy of M J Richardson
World cultures, from ancient Egypt to the Far East, are also dealt with in a series of beautiful exhibits. And there is plenty of interactivity on offer in the science and technology displays, including working engineering models. You’ll also find an excellent section on the natural world which is packed with all sorts of animals.
The Georgian façade conceals a completely renovated interior and an intriguing Scottish addition in the style of an old broch sits at the end of the street. You can easily spend hours within the walls. Conveniently, a good restaurant and a great café can be found here as well.
The weather isn't always ideal in Edinburgh, so this is the perfect place to visit when the sun isn't shining. Entry is completely free and you’ll find regular events and workshops for both kids and adults.