National Museum of Scotland | Day Out With The Kids

National Museum of Scotland

5 star Rating 5 / 5 1 reviews

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor

While obviously National Museum of Scotland is a great place to learn new things, it's just as easily appreciated for the fun of its stunning collections and new contemporary galleries, also boasting exhibits and activities especially for children. The Adventure Planet gallery features interactive learning fun and role play opportunities, like costumed deep sea diving, archaeology dig and crawling through the roots of an oak tree!

Plus, the Animal World Gallery is a guaranteed hit, opening with the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex and covering animals from around the world in fascinating and bold displays that will entrance kids of all ages.

Baby changing facilities are provided on site and lifts or ramps connect every floor so it's exceedingly pushchair friendly, plus families are welcome to eat a packed lunch in the Group Room if you're not using the cafe, provided of course it's not full of groups!

There are free guided tours available including a rolling theme type where there is a different subject every day, with the focus ranging from musical instruments to Vikings! You can check out their program in advance online.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 1JF, Scotland


Click here to visit National Museum of Scotland's website
0300 123 6789

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 25th December


Free admission
Donations welcome

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

Parking facilities

You can receive a discount on your parking at NCP by presenting your parking ticket along with your exhibition ticket. 


Great, interesting, fun

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by dowtkrob . 11.07.18

Really great museum for kids. Central location and full of great exhibits. Dolly the Sheep (the first cloned sheep), parts of a particle accelerator, a wall full of F1 cars... Really fun day out.