Entertain the Whole Family with One of Edinburgh's Wonderful Museums

When you are looking for an attraction to entertain everyone in the family a great place to start is with one of Edinburgh’s many museums. They are informative, fun and interactive, and best of all many of them have no entrance fee!

The pick of the bunch has to be the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street. They have a wonderful Egyptian collection, an impressive natural history section, a fascinating science and technology section and loads of interactive exhibits. You can dig for dinosaur bones, put on your own shadow puppet play or try out the racing simulator.

If you and your family are interested in the arts you are spoiled for choice. The city of Edinburgh is home to three of Scotland’s national galleries (the National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound, the Gallery of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery) and the wonderful City Art Center. Each has an impressive permanent collection of art works and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions of featured artists or artistic styles. All have fun activities and creative workshops to keep the little ones, and bigger ones, amused.

To combine entertainment with education why not head to Our Dynamic Earth. Fascinating interactive exhibits take you inside a volcano, to the depths of the ocean, though a tropical rain forest and soaring over spectacular polar ice floes.

For some great days out just check out our list of the best family friendly museums in Edinburgh.

This fascinating attraction was the first museum in the world to be dedicated to the history of childhood. The collection was originally established by Patrick Murray, an Edinburgh Councilor who was a passionate collector of toys and childhood...  Read More

For such a small country Scotland has had a surprising influence on the world. At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery you'll find stunning portraits in various styles of some of the most influential Scots past and present. There are works by...  Read More

Museum of Edinburgh

The Museum of Edinburgh is dedicated to displaying the local history of Edinburgh. You will see Greyfriars Bobby's collar and feeding bowl and the National Covenant, signed by leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland in 1638. There are...  Read More

The Scottish National Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Scotland and it is situated right in the heart of Edinburgh. This gallery boasts broad offerings of sculpture, paintings and furniture that range from the Italian...  Read More

You'll find the National Gallery of Modern Art housed in a stunning neo-classical building in the west of the New Town. It was originally a school, built in the 19th century. The sizable grounds are a perfect home for an interesting mixture of...  Read More

The People's Story details the history of the residents of Edinburgh from the 18th century to the modern day. The museum is housed in the historic Canongate Tollbooth, an impressive Edinburgh landmark built in 1591, in the heart of the Royal...  Read More


Lauriston Castle is a great attraction for some family fun. It was built in three phases. The oldest part is a Tower House or Keep dating to 1593. A two story extension was added in the 1820s by architect William Burn, and finally a library was...  Read More

Our Dynamic Earth

This phenomenal museum celebrates the beauty of the earth via innovative technology. It is situated at the opposite end of the Old Town from the castle, near Holyrood Palace in the shadow of the crags and Arthur's Seat. Interactive exhibits...  Read More

City Art Centre

The City Art Center nestles under the bridge beside Waverley Station in the heart of Edinburgh. Housed in a former warehouse that was once part of the Scotsman building and spread over nine floors, it is a great exhibition space with a vibrant...  Read More

National Museum of Scotland
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The diverse collection at the National Museum of Scotland encompasses the history of Scotland along with exhibitions of international interest. You can learn all about Scotland's past from the age of chivalry through to the industrial revolution...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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