Scotland has one of the richest art heritages in the world. Edinburgh’s museums and art galleries are home to some of its finest collections of art and artifacts not only from Scotland but from around the world, all within easy reach of the BEST WESTERN Moorings Hotel.

National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries – the National Galleries Complex, the Modern Art Galleries and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery - each located in Edinburgh’s city centre. The National Galleries Complex’s three buildings exhibit paintings by famous Scottish artists such as Wilkie, Ramsay and Raeburn, as well as by Old Masters Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Raphael, Titian, Cezanne and Gaugin. The Modern Art Galleries displays works from 1900 onwards. Not only does it house paintings by leading artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Mackintosh, Hockney, Warhol and the Scottish Colourists, there are bronzes and sculptures, kinetic and video installations. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a celebration of great and influential Scots seen through the eyes of modern artists such as Van Dyck, Rodin, Gainsborough and Bellany. Among the Scots represented are Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, David Hume, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sean Connery. All three National Galleries are open daily and are free to enter.

Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood on Royal Mile and is popular with adults who want to revisit their youth and children who see how different their lives are today. Its five floors are packed full of children’s toys and games such as teddy bears, dolls and large-scale model railways as well as exhibits of clothing, education and everyday home life which all afford a fascinating insight into how children have lived through the ages right up to the present. Admission to the Museum of Childhood is free, is open Mon-Sat throughout the year and opens on Sundays during the Edinburgh Festival.

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth is a major Edinburgh tourist attraction focussed on educating visitors in Earth science. Within this state-of-the-art complex are interactive exhibits and multimedia displays showing the Earth’s formation and evolution, it’s varied and stunning natural landscapes, and the impact humans have had on the planet and its environment. Walking through lifelike displays of tropical rainforests, volcanoes, glaciers, and extinct creatures, visitors learn via commentary and multimedia displays (including a planetarium) laced with stimulating sound effects and music, intriguing smells and physical experiences about the diversity of life on Earth, how it came to be, links together, and what the future may hold. Facilities include multilingual audio guides, café, children’s play area, excellent disabled access, and adequate parking. Current opening times are 7 days a week April to October.

The People’s Story

The People’s Story is Edinburgh’s equivalent to the People’s Palace museum as it tells the story of the city’s ordinary people from the late 18th century right up to the present. Crammed full with realistic displays such as dank dungeons, vibrant pubs, and the town crier, it’s like stepping back into Edinburgh’s past. The life-like displays are complemented by exhibits of detailed written and oral accounts of everyday life, as well as fascinating photographs and artifacts. Situated on Canongate Tolbooth on Royal Mile, the People’s Story is open throughout the year Mon-Sat.

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