Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Royal Museum and the Museum of Scotland.
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Halesowen, England, United Kingdom
October 27, 2012
From journal My Stay in Edinburgh
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 26, 2012
From journal Castles, Museums and Vaults
March 15, 2006
From journal Endlessly Fascinating Edinburgh
St Jean D'Angely, France
March 2, 2005
From journal Winter get away to Edinburgh, scotland
August 11, 2003
From journal Edinburgh During the Festival
April 8, 2006
Union, New Jersey
January 1, 2006
From journal December in Scotland
vancouver, British Columbia
April 7, 2004
From journal Life in Bonnie Scotland
Wellington, New Zealand
September 13, 2003
The museum is free, which of course adds to its appeal for budget travellers.
The museum focuses on the history and culture of Scotland, from the early Celts, the Battle of Culloden, right through to what is happening today. The museum strikes a good balance, providing information without being overly academic.
The free sound guides available at the entry desk provide a lot of interesting information. But...they are triggered by walking past an electronic sensor and can get it wrong, which is both confusing and annoying. If you want to avoid this, you can join a free guided tour at 11:30am and 2pm (and 6pm Tuesdays). Apparently, there is also a free themed tour at 3pm, but I am not sure what this involves.
Their website is www.nms.ac.uk
Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm
Tues. 10am – 8pm
Sun. noon – 5pm
Tel: 0131 247 4422
Fax: 0131 220 4819
From journal Edinburgh - perfect - winter or The Festival
June 11, 2003
The museum contains the history of Scotland – the beginnings at level 0. The birth was protracted, stretching over millions of years. Six hundred and fifty million years ago icebergs in southern seas growled around and over Scotland. The rocks bear witness. Over geological time, continents drifted like iceflows - joining and breaking up. Gradually Scotland migrated northwards.
The Iapetus Ocean tossed and foamed between the continent containing Scotland (North America) and that containing England (Europe). The continents fatefully attracted each other. Moved closer they squeezed the ocean. In the Vanishing Ocean display, ocean floor mud squeezed by the continental drift thrusts upwards and forms the Border Hills between Scotland and England. Crumpling Scotland shows the shock wave from the collision with England and Wales throwing up the Caledonian Mountains. Their eroded remains form the Scottish Highlands.
Scotland and England reached and passed the equator - pity they couldn’t have stayed there! Rocks and fossils on display reflect the changing climate and landscapes. Early land and lake life includes underwater displays of Devonian times - today’s fossils appear again alive and swimming.
Volcanoes and tropical seas moves the clock to Carboniferous times - around 340 million years ago, when corals lived in the warm coastal seas. A fossil from then found in West Lothian, Scotland called Westlothiana is perhaps the earliest known reptile?
In Carboniferous times central Scotland gushed volcanic smoke and lava – beats our amateurish attempts at pollution! Eventually the lava broke down into fertile soil. Other legacies of the ancient landscapes are coal and oil. In the sections Tropical coal forests and the high lava plateaus their creations are explored.
Few creatures lived in the great Scottish desert of 260 million years ago, but one we know of is the extinct dicynodont.
In Jurassic times the sea flooded much of the land, as the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean formed. In the new seas swam ammonites, squid-like belemnites and plesiosaurs. Dinosaurs roamed the land.
The geological displays finish with the Ice Ages, which ended only a few thousand years ago. Huge glaciers scraped and gouged the landscape into the shapes we know today. But of course that's not the end of the story. Scotland's landscape is eroding and changing.
From the Museum's roof, the evidence of the truth of this tale can be seen. Several extinct volcanoes are visible, including Edinburgh Castle Rock and Arthur's Seat. To the south are the Border Hills formed by the collision between Scotland and England.
Recently mankind arrived and plundered the resources created and we arrive at the present day. I reflect, maybe we are at the starting point for another great drama called reach for the stars, or perhaps dead planet earth?
Entry is free so go along.
From journal Edinburgh - A Capital City