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Royal Museum

The Royal Museum is the old name for part of the National Museum of Scotland, one of Scotland's national museums, on Chambers Street, in Edinburgh. The museum began in the 19th century and contains artifacts from around the world. It's different sections include geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology and art. One of the more notable exhibits is the stuffed body of Dolly (sheep), the first successful clone of a mammal from an adult cell. Other highlights include Ancient Egyptian exhibitions, one of Elton John's extravagant suits, a suspended whale skeleton and the Millennium clock. Numerous extensions to the back have extended the museum greatly since then. In 1998 the Museum of Scotland opened, which is linked internally to the Royal Museum. The two separate museums were then merged into one called The National Museum of Scotland in 2007. Admission other than for special temporary exhibitions, is free.

For more information please contact National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, Scotland, Tel. main switchboard: +44 (0)300 123 6789, E-mail:
info@nms.ac.uk

Royal Museum

The Royal Museum, seen inside the museum

Museum of Scotland

The Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, is a building which, together with the adjacent Royal Museum, comprises the National Museum of Scotland. It is dedicated to the history, people and culture of Scotland. The museum is on the intersection of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh. The museum is made up of geometric, Corbusian forms, but also has numerous references to Scotland, such as brochs and castellated, defensive, architecture. Notable artifacts include: sculptures by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, housing prehistoric jewellery, the Monymusk Reliquary, 10 of the Lewis chessmen, a Union Flag and Scottish Flag raised by the Hanoverians and Jacobites respectively at the Battle of Culloden, Paintings by Margaret MacDonald and sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, inspired by the work of Scottish geologist James Hutton. Admission is free.

For more information please contact National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, Scotland, Tel. main switchboard: +44 (0)300 123 6789, E-mail:
info@nms.ac.uk

Museum of Scotland

Museum of Scotland, seen from the outside

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is the legal deposit library of Scotland and is one of the country's National Collections. It is based in a collection of buildings in Edinburgh city centre. The headquarters is on George IV Bridge, between the Old Town and the university quarter. There is also a more modern building (1980s) in a residential area on the south side of the town centre, on Causewayside. This was built to accommodate some of the specialist collections (e.g., map library, science library) and to provide large-scale extra storage. The National Library of Scotland holds 7 million books, fourteen million printed items and over 2 million maps. The collection includes copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the letter which Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript of Origin of Species, the First Folio of Shakespeare and numerous journals and other publications.

For more information and enquiries please contact the main address: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Scotland, UK, or the Causewayside Building, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL, Scotland, UK, Tel: +44 (0)131 623 3700, E-mail:
enquiries@nls.uk.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland,
the building on George IV Bridge

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC, although the nature of early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.From the later 17th century, the castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since. The castle is now run and administered, for the most part, by Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland maintains a number of facilities within the castle, including two cafés/restaurants, several shops, and numerous historical displays. An educational centre in the Queen Anne Building runs events for schools and educational groups, including re-enactors in costume and with period weaponry. There are also a number of re-enactors employed for the general public.

The building to the south of this courtyard is now the National War Museum of Scotland, which forms part of the National Museums of Scotland. It was formerly known as the Scottish United Services Museum, and, prior to this, the Scottish Naval and Military Museum, when it was located in the Queen Anne Building. It covers Scottish military history over the past 400 years, and includes a wide range of military artefacts, such as uniforms, medals and weapons. The exhibitions also place emphasis on the history and causes behind the many wars Scotland has been involved in.

For more information and enquiries regarding Edinburgh Castle please contact Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, UK, Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 9846, E-mail:
hs.ticketing@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

For more information and enquiries regarding the National War Museum please contact National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, Tel: +44 (0)300 123 6789

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, as seen here from the Grassmarket to the south
Photograph © Klaus Hermsen

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth is a science centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a prominent visitors attraction in the city, and also functions as a conference venue. It sits in the Holyrood area, beside the Scottish Parliament building and at the foot of Arthur's Seat.The principal focus of Our Dynamic Earth is to facilitate a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the Earth (known as earth science). The centre's Scientific Director is the prominent Scottish geologist and science communicator Dr Stuart Monro who was instrumental in the establishment of the facility.

For more information please contact Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS, Tel: +44 (0)131 550 7800

Our Dynamic Earth

Undersea Tunnel at Our Dynamic Earth
Photograph © George Gastin









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