National Museum of Scotland

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National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland (map) in Edinburgh, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Scottish Museum’ (opened in 1866 as the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Ar), with international collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.

One of the more notable exhibits is the stuffed body of *Dolly the sheep, the first successful cloning of a mammal from an adult cell. Other highlights include Ancient Egyptian exhibitions, one of Elton John’s extravagant suits, the Jean Muir Collection of costume and a large kinetic sculpture named the Millennium Clock.

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The galleries in the newer building present Scottish history in an essentially chronological arrangement, beginning at the lowest level with prehistory to the early medieval period, with later periods on the higher levels. The Victorian building, as reopened in 2011, contains four zones (each with numerous galleries), covering natural history, world cultures (including galleries on the South Pacific, East Asia, and Ancient Egypt), European art and design, and science & technology.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. Old volcanoes ensure a dramatic natural setting, with the imposing castle atop one. Beneath its guard, the city combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (map) were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995.

Walking should always be your first choice within central Edinburgh. The centre is compact – most of the sights and major tourist attractions are within the Old Town (mainly around the Castle and Royal Mile) and New Town, and are at most 15 min walk apart.

Public transport

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TRAVELINE — Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain.

CityMapper – Edinburgh | The ultimate transport app and technology for mobility in cities.

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 BUS >   Lothian BusesFirst Group – buses around the city and suburbs. National Express | UK Stop finder – the largest intercity bus operator in the UK.

 RAIL >   National Rail – information about all trains, routes and stations. Train – Planning trip – train travel planner for all UK operators >> (*Rail travel in Great Britain)

 AIRPORTS >   Edinburgh Airport – from / to the airport > Airlink100. Information about all airports in the country – airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport.

 WATERWAYS >   (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

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