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Edinburgh - National Museum

How much time should I allow to tour the National Museum of Scotland. I know that are short theme tours. The same question for the National Gallery? We are trying to plan a full day in Edinburgh on an upcoming trip where we will be visiting sites we missed last time we were there.

Thanks.

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I visited that Nat'l Museum in early June on a cruise ship shore excursion. It is very architecturally beautiful as well as an interesting museum. We had 3 hours, which was enough time, for me at any rate, even to have tea and a scone in the cafe.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "I know that are short theme tours." In any case, the amount of time to see the National Museum of Scotland depends on your interests -- and possibly what the weather is like outside -- but be aware that it is a very large and varied museum. There's lots to see. That said, in my experience the average person is ready to move on after 2-3 hours in just about any museum.

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I think the National Gallery is interesting (although I question the authenticity of the Da Vinci there) but is small compared to some of the "great" art museums of Europe. I would think 2 hours would be plenty of time if not too much. I like the exhibits in the National Museum but I think the layout is a bit of a head-scratcher. That being said, I agree with the previous post....after 2-3 hours many people are ready to zone out.

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Thank you for the feedback. It is kind of what I expected. Yes I agree, 2-3 hours in a museum is about the limit.

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2 of my favourite museums in the city are the Museum of Edinburgh and The Peoples story, on either side of the road from each other in the Cannongate part of the Royal Mile, small but very interesting and the buildings alone are worth the visit and the good news is they are Free, 30minutes or so in each of them is a good use of time.

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The writer's museum is free too, also on the Royal mile. Good intro to 3 of Scotland's gifted sons.