Royal Museum of ScotlandApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

The Royal Museum of Scotland houses the national collections of decorative arts of the world, archaeology, ethnography, natural history, geology, technology and science. Its displays range from primitive art to space-age materials, and its working models in the Hall of Power are a source of perpetual fascination, particularly among the young. There are also regular programmes of temporary exhibitions, lectures, films and talks. The building, which was designed by Captain Francis Fowke of the Royal Engineers, has been described as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in Edinburgh. It was begun in 1861 and completed in 1888. The central hall is notable for the slender grace of its soaring cast-iron columns.

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