National Museum of Scotland

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National Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Scotland building, part of the National Museum of Scotland
General information
Architectural styleVictorian Venetian Renaissance and modern
Town or cityEdinburgh
Construction started1861
Completed1866 and 1998
Design and construction
ArchitectBenson & Forsyth
Structural engineerAnthony Hunt Associates

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in 2006 with the merger of two museums. They were the new Museum of Scotland (Scottish objects, culture and history) and the Royal Museum (science and technology, natural history, and world cultures).[1] The two buildings are next to each other and are connected. They are on Chambers Street, by the George IV Bridge. The museum is part of National Museums Scotland. Admission is free.

As well as the national collections, the museum contains artefacts from around the world: geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology, art, and world cultures. A Scottish invention that is a perennial favourite with school parties is The Maiden, an early form of guillotine.

In 2017, the museum received 2,165,601 visitors, Scotland's most popular visitor attraction that year.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Museum of Scotland to reopen after £47m refit". BBC. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. "2017 Visitor Figures". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 22 March 2018.