National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is located in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, in the Old Town area of the city.

The National Museum was established in 2006, merging with the new Museum of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Museum.

The museum combines a modern building which opened in 1998, with the former Royal Museum, which opened in 1866.

Inchkeith optic
Former Inchkeith optic

There are a vast number of collections within the museum, which is located on a number of floors. Collections relate to archaeology, geology, natural history, geology, science, technology and art.

Tay Leading Light
Former Tay Leading Light optic

Within the impressive grand entrance hall is the former Inchkeith Lighthouse optic, and close by is the former Tay Leading Light optic.

Elsewhere in the building are other collections featuring lighthouses.


Be prepared to spend longer there than you think!

See more about the collections with the Museum.