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Discover the National Museum of  Scotland and wheelchair accessible attractions, things to do, tours and activities for disabled travelers. Read our informative review to learn if  National Museum of  Scotland is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair friendly or if Wheelchair Jimmy recommends this attraction be avoided by travelers in wheelchairs.

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum (so renamed in 1995), with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures. The two connected buildings stand beside each other on Chambers Street, by the intersection with the George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh. The museum is part of National Museums Scotland. Admission is free.

Accessibility Information Link

  1. City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible:                Yes
  2. Fully Accessible Entry:                                             Yes
  3. Accessible Restrooms Onsite:                                 Yes
  4. Restrictive Steps:                                                       No

WJC Contributor Sally Ann Hoyne’s Accessibility Comments:

The building inside is huge, and 7 floors, although the top and bottom floors are smaller. There are a minimum of 2 lifts on each floor, and 4 lifts on the main floor. Again- the lifts are identified for disabled and babies in prams or push chairs. And there is nearly always a queue. That’s equality for you. The floors are all smooth and level, aisles and displays are well spaced and well identified. Some displays are a little high, but one can view all the exhibits that I’ve encountered.

There is an accessible toilet on each floor, usually more than one. It is also the baby changing room, so you may have to wait in the queue.

Entering the hotel may look daunting, but there are two inclusive entrances that may appear, at first, a big challenge. However the disabled spaces are available and well protected on either the same side of the street or just across. They are not marked counted – but fit about 3 car lengths. The dropped curb is just behind (top of the street) at the crossing lights. The round tower is the closest, but you must use lifts to gain access to level 0 (ground) the main entrance appears to have loads of steps- but actually the steps are closed. Beside the steps is the inclusive, barrier free entrance that has a few steps down, which have slopes at either end.

Admission Free: but £10 for Special Exhibit, in the case Bonnie Prince Charlie