FAQ: National Museum Of Scotland?

Is the National Museum of Scotland free?

Make part of Scotland’s history The National Museum of Scotland is a very enjoyable way of discovering Scotland’s past. Visitors will explore the country’s most important periods that have transformed it into the nation it is today. Like most museums in Edinburgh, the entry and the audio guides are free.

Are the animals in the National Museum of Scotland real?

The National Museum of Scotland is replacing most of its collection of stuffed animals with new specimens which look more realistic. All the animals died in zoos before they were donated to the museum.

Are museums open Edinburgh?

Whilst most attractions in Edinburgh have reopened to the public, some still remain closed. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern Two will be reopening this autumn whilst the Museum of Chilhood remains closed until further notice.

Is there parking at the National Museum of Scotland?

A 24-hour parking ticket for the NCP Castle Terrace car park is available for £10.50 if you are visiting our special exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. You will be given a validated parking ticket with the discount applied to use when you pay for your parking at NCP Castle Terrace.

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How much is the entrance fee to Edinburgh Castle?


Category Reduced admission price Normal admission price
Adult (16-64yrs) £15.50 £17.50
Concession (65yrs+ and unemployed) £12.40 £14.00
Child (5-15yrs) £9.30 £10.50
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £31.00 n/a

How long does it take to walk up Arthur’s Seat?

Climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat and back takes about two hours, or you can choose a low-level, easier option. Get in touch to find out more, or visit the Guided Tours on Arthur’s Seat page.

What animals are only found in Scotland?

Wild Scotland: 10 Magnificent Animals to Spot in the Highlands

  • The Classic Highland Cow. This list wouldn’t be true to the Highlands without the famous Gruffalo-like highland cow.
  • The Enigmatic Scottish Wildcat.
  • The Majestic Golden Eagle.
  • The Elusive Pine Marten.
  • The Staggering Humpback Whale.
  • The Real-deal Red Squirrel.
  • The Clowning Puffin.
  • The Regal Red Deer.

How many animals live in Scotland?

Home to over 90,000 species, Scotland has a rich and diverse natural history which attracts thousands of wildlife-enthusiasts each year. Scotland’s land, seas and skies support a wide range of native mammals and birds, as well as six amphibians, four reptiles and over 50,000 different invertebrates.

Is Edinburgh castle open to visitors?

Following the latest Scottish Government announcement for mainland Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is in a Level 4 COVID protection area and is closed. Find out more about our COVID response. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages.

What can you do for free in Edinburgh?

10 Amazing Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

  • 01 The Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • 02 The Scottish National Gallery.
  • 03 St Giles Cathedral.
  • 04 Museum of Childhood.
  • 05 Dean Village.
  • 06 Pentland Hills Regional Park.
  • 07 The Writer’s Museum and Makars Court.
  • 08 Royal Mile and Grassmarket.
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Does Edinburgh Zoo close for the winter?

We plan to be open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day, and last entry to the zoo is one hour before closing time.

Where is Dolly the sheep in the museum?

Sadly, she died in 2003 after developing tumors in her lungs. You can pay your respects to the famous sheep by popping into the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to view her stuffed remains.

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