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Edinburgh Museums

Edinburgh has plenty of tourists, particularly during the period of the Edinburgh Festival, and many of these also like to visit museums in Edinburgh while they are there. Edinburgh has quite a number of museums and some of these are national institutions. The Museum of Scotland, together with the neighbouring Royal Museum is what makes up the National Museum of Scotland. The museum has many collections that are dedicated to the people, history and culture of Scotland. The National Museum of Scotland is situated in central Edinburgh at the intersection of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. The museum was opened to the public in 1996 and admission is free.

The National War Museum is part of the National Museums of Scotland, an organisation which runs a number of Scotland’s museums but this does not include the galleries containing the main collections of paintings and sculptures. The National War Museum is located inside Edinburgh Castle and admission is included in the entry charge to the castle. The National War Museum was previously known as the Scottish United Services Museum and before that, the Scottish Naval and Military Museum.

The Museum of Edinburgh is a museum dedicated to the history, origins and legends of the city and is located in the late sixteenth century Huntly House, which is situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The museum is maintained by the city council The Museum of Edinburgh consists of a maze of historic rooms that are full of objects from Edinburgh’s past. The collections detail the history of Edinburgh from its very beginnings up to the present and the museum holds regular exhibitions for the public.

Museums in Edinburgh include the Museum of Childhood, which is situated in what used to be the Salvation Army’s Hall on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The museum’s collection includes toys, fairground horses and has five different galleries in total, there is also space for themed exhibitions and you can listen children from the 1930s reciting their multiplication tables or take part in a street game from the 1950s. The museum is literally full of objects relating to childhood past and present. There are toys and games from all over the world and you can learn how parents have brought up their children throughout history.

The famous Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland’s national academy of science. The society provides grants for scientific research and education and organises public lectures. The society was formed at the time of the Scottish Enlightenment at the beginning of the eighteenth century. While the society is not open to visitors you can read articles produced by its members and see some of the things it has done in its promotion of science in Scottish schools.

Edinburgh is an historic city with plenty to offer its visitors and the museums and art galleries of Edinburgh reflect its history and culture. Museums are open to the public and many of the museums in Edinburgh are free for visitors, funded and managed by the city council.