National Museum of Scotland
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.
This is a vast museum covering antiquities,
culture and history, science and technology,
natural history, world cultures, and historic
Some of the top Scotland related attractions
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.
- 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 St
St Ninian's 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
- 1100s chess pieces found on the Isle of Lewis
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
- 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
Kirkyard until he died himself in 1872.