National Museum of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland is situated in the centre of Edinburgh on Chambers Street, a short walk from the Royal Mile at George IV Bridge. The museum is Free to visit.

The National Museum of Scotland was created in 2006 with the merger of the Royal Museum completed in 1861, and the Museum of Scotland completed in 1998.

The image top shows the more modern style Museum of Scotland, with the Victorian style Royal Museum to the left.

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This is a vast museum covering antiquities, culture and history, science and technology, natural history, world cultures, and historic Scottish artifacts.

Some of the top Scotland related attractions are:

Migdale Hoard - priceless early Bronze Age jewellery found at Bonar Bridge in the Highlands in May 1900. Dated to around 2,000 BC.

Torrs Pony cap and Horns - strange Iron Age bronze piece found in the 1820s in Galloway, southwest Scotland, dated to 200 BC.

Cramond Lioness - a Roman sculpture found in 1997 at the mouth of the River Almond in Midlothian. The sculpture is of a lion killing a bound male prisoner, dated to around the 200s.

Whitecleuch Chain - large Pictish silver chain found in Whitecleuch, Lanarkshire in 1869, dated to around the 400s.

Monymusk Reliquary - a 700s wood and metal box thought to have contained Holy relics of St Columba.

St Ninian's Isle Treasure - found on the Shetland Isles in 1958, featuring silver brooches and bowls, dated to around the 700s.

Hunterston Brooch & other Celtic brooches - 700s brooch found at Hunterston in North Ayrshire around 1826.

Lewis chessmen - 1100s chess pieces found on the Isle of Lewis in 1831.

Hilton of Cadboll Stone & other Pictish Stones - discovered at Easter Ross in the north of Scotland, dated to around the 800s.

Bute mazer - medieval communal feasting cup dated to the 1300s, thought to be the cup of Scottish kings.

Scottish Maiden - an early guillotine in use from the 1500s to 1700s for executions in Edinburgh. The device was first used in 1564 during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, said to have been used to execute around 120 people.

Flags of the Scottish Jacobite forces and Union forces at the Battle of Culloden in 1745.

Dolly the Sheep - the first cloned mammal created from an adult cell in 1996 by the University of Edinburgh. Dolly died aged 6, her stuffed remains are now one of the top attractions in the museum.

The Statue of Greyfriars Bobby is situated across the road from the museum. This is Scotlands most famous dog, a Skye Terrier said to have spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner in the historic Greyfriars Kirkyard until he died himself in 1872.

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