National Museum of Scotland

Explore the diversity of the natural world, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof.

National Museum of Scotland

As well as hosting some of Scotland’s greatest treasures, the National Museum of Scotland has a huge museum library open to the public with a special collection of pre-1800 prints. It’s also home to the creepy Arthur’s Seat coffins which appear in the Rebus novel The Fall.

Situated in the heart of the old town on Chambers Street, it’s a huge, airy space in which dinosaurs jostle for space beside rockets, viking silver gleams beside Scottish gold, and late night soirees encourage Edinburgh visitors to experience the museum as never before.

The library was founded 230 years ago and once focused on the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Today, it is a modern research library with a vast collection surrporting the Museum’s research directions.