The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a great way for a traveler to discover the history of Scotland, its people, and its culture. It offers diverse galleries such as the Scottish History and Archaeology galleries, World Culture galleries, and Natural World galleries.While the Art and Design, Science and Technology, Ancient Egypt, and Looking East galleries are closed as ten new galleries are being built, the museum still offers plenty for the explorer to see and discover. I am especially interested in the Scottish History galleries, which takes the visitor on a journey from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, “showing how the country has been shaped into a modern and diverse nation in the 21st century” (nms.ac.uk). The gallery includes a film entitled One Nation: Five Million Voices, which, according to the museum’s website, “explores what it means to be Scottish.” The museum offers free daily tours including “Discover the National Museum” at 11:00, “Scotland highlight” tours at 1:00, and themed tours at 3:00 – the two themed tours that will be offered on our free days in Edinburgh are “The Craftsmen of Scotland” on the June 24th and “Amazing Animals” on June 25.
The National Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, and it is easy to get to; it’s located on Chambers Street, only about a 10 minute walk from our hostel. The best part? It’s free!