National Museum of Scotland
Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
National Museum of ScotlandHistory buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. The monarchs of the auld nation are explained in exhibits, as is the movement of tectonic plates that created the landmass of Scotland. The Industrial Revolution and scientific advances in modern Scottish history receive extra attention, while much of the art and design exhibitions are currently closed to make way for future galleries.