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History buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. Full review →
One building is 19th-century, the other modern, but a link between these neighboring museums makes it possible to walk from the past to the present.
Traces the country's fascinating story from the oldest fossils to the most recent popular culture, making it a must-see for first-time visitors to Scotland. Full review →
This is actually two museums in one. For the history (or in modern parlance the "narrative") of Scotland, stick to the newer sandstone structure. Full review →
The new building connects with the original Victorian museum... the stolid, grey exterior of which gives way to a beautifully bright and airy, glass-roofed exhibition hall. Full review →
Two adjoining buildings make up the National Museum of Scotland. Full review →