Explore Edinburgh and discover a city filled to the brim with music, theatre, history, literature, stunning architecture and even more besides
Edinburgh is a city where old meets new. It’s a city that embraces the past but maintains a youthful outlook for the future. It’s a city that offers world-class museums that not only celebrate generations long since gone but also the technical achievements that keep us moving forward. Its venues and galleries host both greats and emerging talents. Delve deep into the culture of this remarkable and beautiful city with our guide to the best cultural activities that Edinburgh has to offer.
The National Museum of Scotland is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the UK and one of the top 20 museums and galleries worldwide. The museum was formed in 2006 when the Royal Museum merged with the Museum of Scotland, resulting in the unusual juxtaposition of styles that greets visitors to Chambers Street, a Romanesque revival building from the Victorian era jutting up against the modern turret of the Museum of Scotland. This marriage has also resulted in an eclectic assortment of collections that include Assyrian sculptures from hundreds of years BC, the stuffed remains of Dolly the sheep, and the Maiden, a grim Scottish precursor to the Guillotine. The museum’s Grand Hall, based on The Crystal Palace, is a sight in itself. The museum is open 364 days a year, closing on Christmas Day (that’s when all the exhibits come to life, we like to think).
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