MUSEUMS & GALLERIES in Edinburgh
Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, The Royal
Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG. Tel: 0131 529 4142. Open Monday to
Saturday 10am 5pm and Sunday 12noon 5pm during
August. Free admission. First museum in the world dedicated to
the history of childhood, it displays toys and games from across
the generations. Children will love the museum and adults can
enjoy a slice of childhood nostalgia.
National Museum of Scotland, Chamber
Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF. Tel: 0300 123 6789. Open all year
except Christmas Day 10am 5pm. Admission free but charges
for special exhibitions. From the age of the dinosaurs to the
technology of the future the museum galleries contain treasures
from all around the world.
National War Museum, Edinburgh, EN1 2NG. Tel:
0300 123 6789. Open April to September 9.45am 5.45pm and
from October to March 9.45am 4.45pm. Within the walls
of the Castle, tells the story of Scotland at war.
The Writers Museum, Lady
Stairs House, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PA. Tel: 0131
529 4901. Open Monday to Saturday 10am 5pm and Sunday
12noon 5pm during August. Free admission. Celebrates the
lives of three giants of Scottish literature Robert Burns,
Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound,
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. Tel: 0131 624 6200. Open daily, 10am
5pm, Thursdays to 7pm. Admission free but a charge may be made
for special exhibitions. In the heart of Edinburgh and houses
one of the best collections of fine art in the world.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Bedford
Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR. Tel: 0131 624 6200. Open daily, 10am
5pm, Thursdays to 7pm. Admission free but a charge may
be made for special exhibitions. A must-see venue for modern
and contemporary art. Home to a fantastic sculpture park and
Pig Rock Bothy.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen
Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD. Tel: 0131 624 6200. Open daily 10am
5pm with extended hours during August. Admission free
but a charge may be made for special exhibitions. The worlds
first purpose-built portrait gallery. The collection is an exceptional
national resource incorporating a rich variety of media and including
many international works of art. The portraits depict the men
and women whose lives and achievements helped shape Scotland
and the wider world.