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National Museum of Scotland

5 March 2017

55° 56′ 50″ N / 3° 11′ 22″ W


The Grand Gallery of National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s Science & Technology Hall—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


Beagle Auster Terrier in the National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland model of the Saturn V rocket which took men to the Moon—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

There are so many reasons to like this museum!

It is world-class and big—over 250 long and three floors.

It is varied containing art, antiquities, science and technology.

It is light and airy, has a café on the mid floor (2nd floor to Americans and 1st floor to the UK).

It has a charming restaurant on the ground floor (1st to Americans and 0 to the UK).

It is free.

What’s not to like, and where else can one spend part of the day immersed in such a wide spectrum of art (including fashion), history and science? The emphasis in this post will be on the science and technology of the museum but know that there is as much with regard to art and history. The gift store is also world class as well as the building’s architecture which blends the old with the new. It is simply a fabulous place to be.

What other museum gives the visitor an option to have a relaxing coffee in their Great Hall as if sitting at a sidewalk café? What other museum allows the viewer to walk from an ancient example of exquisite art to a modern piece of spectacular technology in a matter of only seconds? The National Museum of Scotland does, and shows the breadth of the natural as well as man-made world in one beautiful yet comfortable place. The biological and geological exhibits are plentiful as well as inspiring. The technology on display dazzles with everything from steam engines to aerospace.

Children are most welcome here with many exhibits geared toward them as well as at their heights for easier  viewing. The space is ample for them to wander and discover—after all, what child walks a straight line for very longs it is not who they learn best—but they are contained within sight all the same.

Once the museum is viewed the historic Greyfriar’s Kirk is across the street where many an old grave can be found—including one of modern geology’s founders, James Hutton. Neighboring is Greyfriar’s Bobby where a cask ale with a steak and onion pie are also to be enjoyed.


Beagle Auster Terrier in the National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


The Kay Gyroplane in the National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s de Havilland Tiger Moth—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s de Havilland Tiger Moth—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s Slingsby Gull Glider—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s Slingsby Gull Glider—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


Piper PA-38 Tomahawk in the National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


A replica of the Percy Pilcher’s 1895  Hawk Glider National Museum of Scotland used to obtain the time-of-flight record until the Wright Brothers with powered flight arrived on the aviation scene—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


Rear aspect of the National Museum of Scotland’s replica Percy Pilcher Hawk Glider (see where Percy would have stood using the frame to support his weight with legs adangle—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s cutaway model of the first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s ship model of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, soon to be in service in the Royal Navy as an aircraft carrier (note the innovative twin island design with one for the ship and one for air operations)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


Stegosaurus (note how the child’s brain is larger than the dinosaur’s)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s dinosaur fossil (the hyper arching of the cervical vertebrae indicate the animal died and was desiccated before burial and subsequent fossilization)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s fluorite specimens—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland has a polished slab of the pallasite-class meteorite (a rare type) which fell on Argentina (a stony-iron meteorite composed of nickel rich iron as well as gold hued olivine crystals)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s wonderful pyrite examples in their perfect and naturally occurring cubic crystal habit—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s vintage microscopes—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

James Watt suitably sits in the National Museum of Scotland as this sculpture and it was he who brought engines to the world—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


Vintage motorbike in the large bicycle and motorbike collection of the National Museum of Scotland—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland has the Wylam Dilly locomotive dating from 1813, one of the world’s two oldest on display—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland’s 20 tonne Boulton & Watt Engine (a steam powered single beam design)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


National Museum of Scotland Fresnel lens used in the Inchkeith Lighthouse from 1803 to 1985—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft


F1 Racing in the National Museum of Scotland with the Stewart Ford SF2 (T), Jaguar R3 (M) and Red Bull RB-2 (B) —Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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