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Best Museums to Visit in Scotland

When talking about Scotland, you definitely have to take its museums into account. Museums –in general- are part of our own history, and, more than not, they have the ability to make us wonder and remain inside of their halls and rooms for whatever time we need until we satisfy the voracious curiosity they wake in us. Museums are spread all over the country, and so the options available will not disappoint you, but we have to warn you: you’ll want to visit of all them after reading this, but may not have the time so do so. Just don’t blame us!

So, whether you’re living in Scotland or visiting the country for a short trip vacation, we’ve put together a list of the best museums you can (have!) to visit if you’re in Scotland. So enjoy this little trip with us. This is not a top so don’t mind the order in which they appear.

National Museum of Scotland

It is at the top 20 most visited museums and galleries in the world, so you can get the picture of it. It is located in Edinburgh and home to more than 20,000 artefacts, which carry with them passages of Scotland’s history –as well as world history- and nature exhibits.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Located in the city of Glasgow, this is one of the most popular free attractions in Scotland, and has 22 themed galleries, with a number of around 8,000 objects in the display. They include natural history, arms and armour, and art from a whole lot of different art movements and historical periods. The building is unique in its Spanish Baroque-inspired style, and so it is an attraction by itself.

Riverside Museum

With a unique architectural design (created by Zaha Hadid), this museum is located in Glasgow and it is free to enter. It displays more than 3,000 objects, being the most of them some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, skateboards, trains and ship models (due to Glasgow being a ship-building empire in the past).

People’s Palace

We have to put Glasgow again on this list, but we really need to have these museums up in here. People’s Palace is a beautifully-designed building with the Winter Gardens next to it, in which you can observe many exotic palms and plants. The museum itself tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the present. As with most of the other ones we’ve cited, it’s open from 10:00 to 17:00 almost any day of the year.

Hunterian Museum

Another one for Glasgow. This is the oldest museum in Scotland and that should be enough for you wanting to come and seeing what it has to offer. More than that, it is comprised of a series of buildings, including The Mackintosh House, the Zoology Museum, the Hunterian Art Gallery, and The Anatomy Museum; all of which will take your breath away equally, so you have the freedom to choose from a good variety of options.

Shetland Museum and Archives

This museum located in the city of Shetland is set on the city’s waterfront. It tells the history of the archipelago and its people as a whole, from its geological formation until the present time, being a monument to this city’s heritage and culture.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

We could not leave Aberdeen out of this list, so we put the city’s art gallery so you remember this city also has a lot to offer. The gallery has exhibits from the 1700’s to the present, with art pieces from all over the world, so it’s a safe bet for art enthusiasts.

Though we would like to, we cannot speak a lot more about of other museums and galleries worth of visiting in Scotland but it would be good for you to keep them in mind, because they offer nothing less than the ones we’ve mentioned above; those are: The Burrell Collection (Glasgow), National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh), The Dick Institute (Ayrshire), National War Museum (Edinburgh), Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life (Coatbridge), and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (Alloway), to cite a few of them.

Visiting museums is chance to feel that sense of wonder we somehow leave behind when growing up, and we can assure the amazing exhibits of history, nature and science you get when visiting this places will make you feel that once again, and so it is totally worth it (and remember most of them are free to enter), so do not hesitate when deciding whether visiting some cool museums or not when in Scotland.

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