Museums in Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland

As a kid I was dragged to more museums than I can remember, by my artistic parents.  When I was young it was mostly just walking through countless rooms of paintings.  I tried behaving well, until the promised “fun” activity later in the day.  It wasn’t until our first trip to Italy when I was a teenager, seeing what the masters could create out of marble, did my love for visiting museums change.  Partly because I was older and partly because the Italians know how to make great theater.  Walking through the Accademia museum, knowing you have come to see Michelanglo’s David.  Each room you wander through, wandering if David is going to be there, minutes drag by as anticipation rises.  Finally, when you have almost given up hope, you turn the corner and your breath is taken away.  There he is, David.  Larger than you ever imagined, soft, yet chiseled.  How is it possible?  How could someone create this out of a slab of marble?

I digress, this post is about museums of Edinburgh and how fun the National Museum of Scotland is!  They have created a fun, interactive museum for all ages.  No longer is a trip through the museum, observing history, it has become an actual experience.  You can turn prayer wheels and create prayer flags when going through the Tibet section of the museum.  You get to touch meteorites and play on computers that give you views of earth from space.  There are games to test your knowledge, including guessing insects by their sounds and plants by their smell.  This is not the museum I grew up with!  It is FUN!  So when the weather is bad outside, the National Museum of Scotland, is a great spot for all ages…and you get all this fun for free!

Prayer Wheels, that you are encouraged to turn.

Prayer Wheels, that you are encouraged to turn.

making prayer flags

Making prayer flags with rubbings

giant amethyst

Giant Amethyst

Dolly, the first cloned animal.

Dolly, the first cloned animal.

 

Having fun playing in the museum.

Having fun playing in the museum.

Make sure to take a walk up to the roof top terrace, the views are beautiful!

Roof top terrace

Roof top terrace

 

We also enjoyed the Scottish National Gallery with paintings from the classics, Picasso, Degas, Van Gogh, Michelangelo.  They also have an entire wing for artists of Scotland.  My favorite was a Van Gogh painting that I had not seen before…brings you right to Southern Italy:

olive trees

 

While we were not crazy about the current exhibit on “death to death” at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the outside of the museum is beautiful & Jon had fun being part of the art!

Outside of the Modern Gallery.

Outside of the Modern Gallery.

 

Modern Art & Jon

 

The website with information on the National Galleries.

Here is a nice article from The Guardian on the 10 best museums in Edinburgh.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...