National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland opened in 1998 and is adjacent to the Royal Museum on Chambers Street in Edinburgh. The building itself is very unusual, inspired by historical Scottish architecture and clad in golden Moray sandstone. It's an interesting building to wander around and tells the tale of Scotland's land, people and culture.

The internal structure is a unique space and can be confusing so it's worth taking your time looking around or you can easily miss some of the exhibits on display.

There are a number of noteworthy exhibits including the Monymusk Reliquary, thought to contain a bone or bones from St Columba, 10 of the Lewis chessmen, Union and Scottish flags from the Battle of Culloden, 16th and 17th century maps, the miniature coffins found on Arthur's Seat in 1837 and a gold necklace thought to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots.

The museum also contains several interactive exhibits and there are frequent lectures and special exhibits. Admission is free and there are guided and audio tours available for a small fee.

Official National Museum of Scotland Website
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh