Travel guide to the best museums in Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland, photo by subberculture/flickr

Scotland is a spectacular country! If you have ever thought of visiting it, don’t waste your time! This is the right moment to do it, as the season of vacations has arrived. I guarantee you will fall in love with Scotland and surely will want to turn back to this beautiful country! Whatever your preferences are, you won’t be disappointed. There is a huge amount of attractions worth visiting in Scotland. Whether you love nature or culture, you will surely find the perfect attractions for your taste. In this article there will be presented the best and most popular museums in Scotland. If you like to visit museums or galleries during your holiday, this is the perfect place for you, as there are several spectacular museums in Scotland.


National Gallery of Scotland


The Scottish National Gallery can be found in the capital city, Edinburgh, more precisely in the city center, on The Mound. It is actually the national art gallery of Scotland. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building. Originally the building was meant to house both the National Gallery and The Royal Scottish Academy. It is considered one of Britain’s finest galleries, not only for its fantastic architectural style, but also for the spectacular collection of pictures, sculptures and furniture. The museum includes the Scottish national collection of fine art, including Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance up to the beginning of the 20th century. Its highlights include works by Velázquez, Zurbarán, Verrocchio, del Sarto, and Cézanne. It can be visited daily from 10:00 to 17:00, on Thursdays until 19:00. (July 2012)


National Museum of Scotland


Also located in Edinburgh, it was formed in 1985, uniting the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and The Royal Scottish Museum. There are two buildings, standing beside each other which house the Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the Royal Museum, with collections relating to science, technology, natural history and world cultures. Visitors will find everything about Scotland, from prehistory to the Industrial Age. Among its myriad items, the museum includes a 2.9-billion-year-old rock from the Isle of South Uist. It is open daily, from 10:00 to 17:00. It is closed on the 25th of December and 1st and 2nd of January. (July 2012)


The National Museum of Scotland, photo by subberculture/flickr


Glasgow Science Centre


The famous tourist attraction, Glasgow Science Centre is located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. It is composed of three principal buildings which are the following: Science Mall, an IMAX cinema and the Glasgow Tower. It is actually the science and technology museum which was awarded a five star rating in the visitor attraction category by the Scottish Tourist Board, Visit Scotland. The Centre provides a fantastic variety of experiences. Visitors can admire interesting exhibits, participate at interactive workshops and live science shows. The centre can be visited every day, from 10:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)


Glasgow Science Centre, photo by _gee_/flickr


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


It is housed in the spectacular Victorian red sandstone building, one of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. It is considered Scotland’s number 1 tourist attraction. It is important to mention that the entry is free. There are over 8.000 exhibited objects in the museum, including a gorgeous art collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Turner and Whistler. Besides art, the exhibitions also include objects relating to natural history, zoology, archeology and history. On the first floor, there are entertainment facilities like the History Discovery Centre, the Study Centre and the Multimedia Object Cinema. Before you enter the museum, you can take a leisurely walk in Kelvingrove Park.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, photo by Kirsten Loza/flickr

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