There are a few things Edinburgh is not short of and one of those things is Museums! Scattered across the city there are so many fascinating buildings containing the lost secrets of Edinburgh, Scotland and the World. To celebrate Museum Week in Edinburgh, we take a look at some of our favourites.
Surgeon’s Hall Museum
This place is the definition of fascinating and documents the long and interesting history of medical study and invention in Edinburgh. Founded in 1505, the Royal College of Surgeons was built as a medical teaching resource and began building it’s extensive collection of natural and man-made artefacts from around 1699 onwards. The museum was expanded in the 1800’s and included the collections of Dr John Barclay – the man who taught and mentored Dr John Knox, who is famous for “enabling” the legendary Edinburgh body-snatchers, Burke and Hare. Exhibits in the museum contain medical marvels and glass jars full of “interesting” things, as well as documenting the history of the medical profession in Edinburgh. Well worth taking the time for a good look around. Surgeon’s Hall Museum, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, www.museum.rcsed.ac.uk/
National Museum of Scotland
This is the big one! A massive £47 million refurbishment which was completed in 2011 led to the opening of 16 new exhibits and over 8,000 new objects, many of which have never been seen before. There is a huge cast of a T-Rex skeleton, live-size animals from all over the world and of course, the world’s most famous sheep – Dolly! From now until the 25th September 2016 there is an incredible exhibition called “Celts” on at the museum. Spanning more than 2,500 years the exhibition displays magnificent Iron Age treasures and includes over 300 objects. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, free. Open daily 10am-5pm, www.nms.ac.uk
National Galleries of Scotland
Found in the heart of Edinburgh at the foot of The Mound is the Scottish National Gallery, displaying artwork from the early Renaissance to the 1900’s as well as Scottish art from as far back as the 1600’s. This is often the gallery people think of when they hear “art gallery in Edinburgh”, but the Scottish National Gallery has two sister galleries;the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art. The first tells Scotland’s history in portraits from the 16th Century right through to today, as well as a huge photography collection and the second displays modern and contemporary art. They are all free to visit and often have special collections and events, so check out their website for more details. National Galleries of Scotland, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, www.nationalgalleries.org