National Museum of
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
This is a vast museum covering
antiquities, culture and history, science
and technology, natural history, world
cultures, and historic Scottish
Some of the top Scotland related
Hoard - priceless early Bronze Age
jewellery found at Bonar Bridge in the
Highlands in May 1900. Dated to around
cap and Horns - strange Iron Age
bronze piece found in the 1820s in
Galloway, southwest Scotland, dated to
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.
Chain - large Pictish silver chain
found in Whitecleuch, Lanarkshire in
1869, dated to around the 400s.
Reliquary - a 700s wood and metal box
thought to have contained Holy relics of
Isle Treasure - found on the Shetland
Isles in 1958, featuring silver brooches
and bowls, dated to around the 700s.
Brooch & other Celtic brooches -
700s brooch found at Hunterston in North
Ayrshire around 1826.
Chessmen - 1100s chess pieces found
on the Isle of Lewis in 1831.
Cadboll Stone & other Pictish
Stones - discovered at Easter Ross in the
north of Scotland, dated to around the
Mazer - medieval communal feasting
cup dated to the 1300s, thought to be the
cup of Scottish Kings.
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
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