Museum Week At The National Museum of Scotland

Since it’s Museum Week (nah, I’m joking, I didn’t even know it was museum week until I got there), I decided to pop along to the National Museum of Scotland for a bit of culture.

IMG_2548Holy crap, the backend of my WordPress has just changed. Hold on everyone, god only knows what this blog post might look like by the time it reaches you.

Anyway. The museum is currently hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and seeing as how I like wildlife, like photography and love the museum, I figured it’d be worth a peek.

IMG_2539Unfortunately, cameras aren’t allowed into the exhibition, presumably so that scoundrels like me don’t pretend they’ve had a casual encounter with a lion cub while wandering the Lockerbie hills. So you’ll just have to take my word for it, if you’re in Edinburgh, it’s definitely worth a look. From mummy crocodiles with baby crocs on their faces, to stampeding herds of elephants, the photographs are simply stunning. The exhibition is running until June 1st, and is completely free! Hooray!

Having sated my desire for grown up culture, I headed back into the main hall to sample some of the museum’s other delights.

IMG_2546The National Museum of Scotland is an amazing place for little kids and big kids alike, providing fun, interactive and educational exhibits whether you want to learn about dinosaurs or racecars, pottery or Ancient Egypt. My obsessions haven’t changed much since I was 8 years old, so I immediately made a beeline for the Natural World and Earth in Space galleries.

My first ever trip to the museum happened because I heard they had a dinosaur. They do. It is excellent.

My first ever trip to the museum happened because I heard they had a dinosaur. They do. It is excellent.

This is a mega sloth. The fact that this animal once existed brings me untold amounts of joy. Just imagine a sloth this big.

This is a mega sloth. The fact that this animal once existed brings me untold amounts of joy. Just imagine a sloth this big.

Don't you listen to them rock, I think you're beautiful.

Don’t you listen to them rock, I think you’re beautiful.

Whether you want to while away a few hours on a lazy afternoon, learn something new, or just dress up as an astronaut for a while (no lie, I have done this), the National Museum of Scotland is one of my favourite places to hang out in Edinburgh. Go on, it’s Museum Week after all.