National Museum and Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

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    National Gallery for Scotland

    by gordonilla Updated May 9, 2014

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    All of what you wanted to know about Scottish painting and Scots artists. The cornerstone was laid by Prince Albert - for more about all the collections see their web site!

    The Gallery has a fine collection of Scottish and International art works and sculptures. I find that it is always worth visiting and seeing the collection and any of the temporary exhibitions. Admission is free, although with many galleries they may charge for special exhibitions. The gallery has a good shop and very good refreshment facilities.

    You can take photographs without a flash or otherwise advised - normally you cannot take photographs in temporary exhibitions.

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    The National Art Gallery of Scotland

    by spocklogic Written Mar 24, 2014

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    The Scottish National Gallery, located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, is the national art gallery of Scotland and part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which Includes three galleries in Edinburgh (Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery) and two partner galleries in the north and south of Scotland. That's sort of confusing I think and probably why sometimes this museum is just called the National Gallery of Scotland. The buildings of the National Gallery of Scotland along with the Royal Scottish Academy William were designed by Henry Playfair in 1850 in the neoclassical style and first opened to the public in 1859 two years after Playfair died. Playfair also designed many other neoclassical buildings & monuments on throughout Edinburgh such as on Calton Hill and New Town, so Edinburgh is sometimes called the "Athens of the North"

    Inside this museum you will find a varied collection of art from the Renaissance all the way to the 20th Century, including the usual cast of characters such as Titian, Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh. It's a decent collection and well represented for the periods it covers. You'll find the Scottish Collection on the lower level, 16th-19th century on the ground level, 18th and 19th century Italian impressionists on the second floor south, early Italian & Northern European on the second level north. There is no photography allowed and the museum guards are of the hovering kind, which I always find annoying when trying to enjoy a museum. You can go through here in a couple hours if you don't linger anywhere too long as it is not a really large museum. The Botticelli of 'The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Jesus Christ' is a nice piece worth spending some time with.

    This museum has that musty, dusty, stodgy atmosphere to it - lots of classic works with uninspired surroundings to display them in. It feels old like the art, which is not always a bad thing, but doesn't make this museum stand out in any way over others like it around the world. There weren't many people here when I visited and am guessing it's not setting any attendance records. The main draw here may be the visiting exhibits that reside in the museum for periods of time. I thought is was an average museum, with some nice pieces for sure, but nothing really special. The museum does have a cafe/restaurant to enjoy and the gift shop has a pretty good selection of items for souvenirs. I purchased a book called "The Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery" for only 10pound, which I thought a good price for the book quality and content. Admission is Free!

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    by Jim_Eliason Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    Set in an old Victorian era exhbition hall, I can't say enough about this museum! It has a great collection of artifacts on Scottish history from prehistoric to modern times. The museum also has large wings on natural history and world cultures. Definitely a must see for museum lovers!

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    National Art Gallery

    by yvgr Updated Apr 18, 2012

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    The National Art gallery

    Visiting the Art Gallery was a pleasant thing to do. It's also free and even if it is a rather small Art Museum compared to other National Art Galleries, it's a great place. A fine collection of both national, historical and contemporary art. International exhibtions...Dürer on display when we went there. A nice Museum shop.

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    Amazing Insights - The National Museum of Scotland

    by JessH Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    I am not a museum-fanatic... I'm not one of those people that *has to* visit every single museum when they travel. But if I stumble across one that is truly interesting, I could spend hours and hours inside... the National Museum of Scotland is such a place.

    We came here on a rainy, grey afternoon... what a great way to stay dry and still enjoy the day :-) As with many museums in Scotland, there is no admission fee so it's also a great budget travelling tip!

    The entire history of Scotland is displayed and its story told over 5 levels, with the early beginnings and Pictish history on the ground floor, further up the stairs with relics from the time of William Wallace, then onwards to Mary Queen of Scots, and ending up with recent popular culture in Scotland on the top floor (with Jackie Stewart, Sean Connery and many more). There is also an extensive collection of relics from around the world (e.g. Egypt). The displays are not boring, dusty or stagnant: this museum is inviting, interactive and really does captivate your attention!
    Children will have fun as many areas are based on a learning by playing: we saw children playing with models of trebuchets, fantastic video documentaries, and best of all: "living" displays, which were actors dressed in the clothes of the time, telling you about life in Scotland during "their day"... fantastic!

    We only spent about 2 hours here on our last visit, but I'm already planning an extended visit during our next trip to Edinburgh. Even if you don't usually like museums: if you are interested in Scotland's history and its path from cantankerous and rugged tribes to a modern, industrial and thriving nation, you simply have to spend a few hours here.
    Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am-05:00pm.
    Admission: FREE (donations are welcome)

    --> In the year 2011 (on July 29th to be precise) the museum re-opened after a period of major renovation, rebuilding and expansion.

    TIP: From the roof terrace you can get some fantastic panoramic views (and photos )over the city.

    TIP: For food & drink, you can either visit the museum's informal Cafe Delos on the ground floor.
    For a higher level (excuse the pun) of culinary enjoyment, there's the award-winning and celebrity-favoured Tower Restaurant at the top. Reservations are essential.
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    Visit the National Museum

    by slothtraveller Updated Feb 28, 2012

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    The entrance of the National Museum of Scotland

    This huge museum is a great place to spend a few hours while in Edinburgh. Spread out over 8 floors, you really would struggle to see everything here in one visit, in fact you probably wouldn't want to- it would be too exhausting!
    On entering the museum, my advice would be to pick up a leaflet with a map of the museum and plan to visit the things that really interest you. For example, there are galleries on 7 separate floors detailing Scottish history from the early Scots through the industrial era to the present day.
    If Scottish history isn't really of interest, the other half of the museum has exhibitions subjects as varied as Science and Nature, Egyptology and European Sculpture. We particularly enjoyed the Animal World section where I weighed myself and discovered that I weigh as much as a chimpanzee! There are lots of other interactive sensory exhibits and the museum is very child-friendly too.
    I was really exhausted after trekking around Edinburgh so we left the museum only seeing about half of what we could. I didn't mind though as this gives me an excuse to go back one day and see more.
    Admission to the museum is free.

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    National Museum of Scotland

    by iaint Written Mar 9, 2011
    The old & the new

    As the name suggests, the country's national museum.

    It is located in a modern purpose built building on 7 levels (top one just being a roof terrace). Entry is free. Donations are welcomed (as ever).

    I went round with a friend in March 11. First time I'd been in the new building - my only previous incursion had been during schooldays (a while back, now). It is impressive, and being free, you can pop in and out as often as it suits you.

    The Tower Restaurant has a good reputation.

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    National Gallery of Scotland

    by WheninRome Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised by this wonderful little museum in the heart of Edinburgh. It had enough very good artwork as to be entertaining, but not so much as to be overwhelming. It has a fantastic diversity of artwork with some famous artists (i.e. Picasso and Monet's); however, I particularly enjoyed the Scottish Artists section, which is located on the bottom floor of the museum. Perusing this gem of a museum is a great way to spend 45 minutes to an hour on an Edinburgh afternoon.

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    National Museum of Scotland

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Nov 21, 2009
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    This is a great place to spend a few hours. It's just off the Royal Mile, there is ample parking outside, it has a nice cafe inside, a wide range of things to see, you can take some great panoramic photos from the roof and it's FREE!
    Seriously, this is a great museum with a good mix of Scottish and international exhibits to keep you interested.
    The areas of most interest for me were the Formula 1 cars from the now defunct Stewart Racing Team, the Egyptology section and the exhibits known as Arthur's Seat coffins which Ian Rankin also used as a basis for one of the Rebus novels.

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    National Museum of Scotland

    by kit_mc Written Apr 5, 2008

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    The NMS is a massive museum over several floors giving the history of Scotland, land and people.

    It's an impressive museum, in terms of its building and the artefacts within. The museum has been undergoing great change and it's recent history probably reflects political changes in Scotland in terms of identity and parliamentary devolution.

    The main problem here is one of size and organisation. It's a very difficult place to navigate and you do get the sense of feeling slightly lost and overwhelmed by its vast contents. Secondly it's difficult to know what narrative the place is trying to tell. The phrasing of text is also very significant in terms of the construction of Scottish identity and does lead me to doubt the museum's objectivity in terms of historical interpretation.

    This museum has a lot to work with in terms of Scottish social history and the number of available objects on display and is clearly evolving but seems unsure as to what its purpose actually is. Definitely worth a look, but be prepared to feel a bit overwhelmed and confused.

    Entry is free. Open 10.00 to 17.00.

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    National Gallery

    by Ben-UK Written Oct 18, 2007

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    National Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh

    Check the website below to see what's on at the various galleries that form the National Galleries of Scotland -- the beautiful main building on The Mound was completed in 1853 -- entrance to the galleries is free.

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    National Museum of Scotland

    by Tripack Updated Oct 3, 2007

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    A gold mine of information about Scotland. You could easily spend hours in this knowledge temple. In fact the museum is divided in two interlinked buildings:
    - Museum of Scotland Building: Discover the rich Scottish history from early people, the Kingdom of the Scots to Modern Scotland. The displays are shown on 6 levels in an interesting and brillant architectural way with multiple rooms which let me think a great maze.
    - Royal Museum Building: science, culture and natural worlds are displayed.

    Children will have fun too as many areas are based on a discovery principe by playing.

    Roof terrace will give you also some nice view on the city and surroundings.

    Special exhibition gallery, cafe Delos are on ground floor.

    Admission is free and donations are welcome ;-)

    Daily 10:00 -17:00

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    by kevarms Written Aug 4, 2007

    The Galleries comples comprises two connected buildings. The first is the National Gallery of Scotland, a quite small but interesting collection of works including Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Cezanne. Entry is free. The other building is the Scottish National Academy which hosts various exhibitions such as Picasso and Andy Warhol.

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    National Galleries of Scotland

    by monkeytrousers Written Apr 16, 2007

    Edinburgh's art is housed mainly in these two buildings just offset from Princes Street. They have some nice paintings from the 'masters' such as Monet and Van Gogh as well as others including one of Monet's haystack series.

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    National War Museum of Scotland

    by monkeytrousers Written Apr 16, 2007

    Good museum situated inside the castle which has on display lots of weapons, armoury and artefacts from Scotland's military past. Has an interesting 10min video on Scotland's and Edinburgh's military past and tradition on loop near the entrance.

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