Scotland Museums

By | June 11, 2021

Museum of Edinburgh
This old building from 1570 is impressive even without the exhibition inside. Many of the exhibits date from Roman times, the “National Covenant” is also on display and you can take a look at the collar and bowl of the famous Greyfriar’s Bobby dog.
Huntly House, 142-146 Canongate
Edinburgh, EH8
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-529 4143

Museum of Scotland
This museum, one of the most famous in the country, is located in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It includes historical Scottish artifacts, fossils, jewels, geological exhibits and much more. Bensin and Forsyth designed the museum, which opened in 1998 and also houses many exhibits that were previously on display in the Portrait Gallery.
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-247 4422

Royal Museum
Next to the Museum of Scotland is this impressive atrium with tall Victorian galleries. The museum is full of interesting exhibits from various fields such as geology, anthropology, taxonomy and Chinese art. It’s also home to the world’s oldest steam engine, giant whale skeletons, fossils, and industrial artifacts. Furthermore, the visitor can look at many stuffed animals in glass showcases, among them Dolly the sheep, the first mammal in the world that was created by a cloning process.
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-225 7534
Mon, Wed – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 10 a.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Edinburgh Museum of Fire
One of Edinburgh’s most remarkable museums is housed in this Victorian-style red sandstone building. The detailed exhibition tells the story of the oldest fire service in Great Britain. The exhibits include historical uniforms, steam engines, fire equipment and machines, some of which are more than 200 years old.
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9DE
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-228 2401

John Knox House Museum
Church reformer John Knox is believed to have died in this house in 1572, which now houses a museum that provides detailed information on the Scottish Reformation. The building is one of the oldest residential buildings in Edinburgh and was built in 1450. Also interesting is the audio reenactment of a debate that John Knox is said to have had with Mary, Queen of Scots.
43 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-556 9579

Museum of Childhood
This museum was founded in 1955 by Councilor Patrick Murray and was the first of its kind. It is divided into many small rooms that display toys such as dollhouses, circuses, model trains and other accessories. A visit to this interesting and lovingly designed museum is not only recommended for children. In addition, mostly temporary exhibitions are offered and there is an attractive souvenir shop.
42 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-529 4142
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun: 12 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Works by Scottish artists from the 16th century to the present day are exhibited here and tell the story of the country through the depicted faces: kings and rebels, poets, philosophers, heroes and villains are shown here; there are also works by important European artists such as Matisse, Picasso and DalĂ­.
Queen Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-624 6200
Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Edinburgh Dungeon
For the less sensitive, the vaults offer lots of interesting facts: Here the visitor is introduced to the dark and brutal aspects of the history of Dublin and Ireland.
31 Market Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1QB
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-240 1000

Edinburgh National Gallery of Modern Art
This art gallery opened in 1984 and is one of the most important in the city. Highlights are watercolor paintings by Rennie Mackintosh and works by numerous world-famous artists such as Bonnard, Kirchner, Magritte, Matisse, Miro, Picasso and Vuillard.
Belford Road
Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-624 6200

Royal Scottish Art Academy
Next to the National Gallery, this art academy is located in a neoclassical building from the early 19th century.
The Mound
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-558 7097

Scottish Art Gallery
The oldest commercial gallery in Scotland was founded in 1842 and exhibits excellent contemporary paintings, sculptures, ceramics and precious stones.
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-558 1200

Edinburgh Art Gallery
One of the most famous in the city, this gallery is located in an attractive Georgian house in the New Town. A wide variety of oil paintings are on display here, as well as contemporary art, often by leading Scottish artists.
18a Dundas Street
Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ
Tel. 0044- (0) 131-557 5227

Burrel Collection
The Burrel Collection in Glasgow was put together by the shipowner William Burrell (1861-1958) and housed in a building opened in 1983. It houses an impressive collection of paintings (including a self-portrait by Rembrandt), tapestries, sculptures and particularly beautiful stained glass windows from the 15th century.

British Golf Museum
The British Golf Museum in Dundee shows the beginnings of the Scottish national sport, which was developed on St Andrews Beach in Dundee and was already played by Mary Queen of Scots.

St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art
2 Castle Street, G4 0RH
Tel. 0044- (0) 141-553 2557
This is the famous Museum of World Religions in Glasgow. It explores the importance of religion in the lives of people around the world and in different eras. The building stands next to the medieval Bishop’s Castle and opened as a museum in 1993.

McLellan Galleries
270 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3EH
Tel. 0044- (0) 141-565 4137
The gallery was built in 1856 and named after its creator, Archibald McLellan. After his death, the Glasgow City Corporation acquired the building and it was used as exhibition space from then on.

Museum of Transport
1 Bunhouse Road, G3 8DP
Tel. 0044- (0) 141-287 2720 Located
in Kelvin Hall, this museum is one of the most famous transport museums in the British Isles. It was founded in 1964 and holds many important national and international exhibitions. The history of transport is told here using vehicles and vehicle models.

British Isles Museum of Transport