Some Scottish Favourites

October 5, 2015

Scotland

It’s no big secret that Scotland has my heart. And it’s even less of a secret that the National Museum of Scotland holds the top position in my list of favourite museums. In fact, the amount I talk about it, you’d think there were no other museums in Scotland. But I have some great Scottish additions to add to the Museum Diary map! In fact, if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed that we were in Scotland the past two weeks and clocked up quite a few museums – both old favourites and new discoveries. So, while I sort out all my notes from the trip, here are some other Scottish favourites that have featured on the blog so far:

Edinburgh >> The Museum of Fire

museum of fire

The phrase ‘hidden gem’ seems like it was made for Edinburgh’s Museum of Fire. Located in an old fire station, it tells the story of the UK’s – and possibly the world’s – oldest municipal fire brigade. The fascinating history and the beautiful old fire engines make this worth a visit! We actually just visited it again on our recent trip, and this time I had the pleasure of introducing my boys to it too :)

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Glasgow >> The Burrell Collection

the burrell collection

Sir William Burrell’s collection of over 8000 objects is one of the largest ever created by one single person, including everything from Islamic,  art,  sculpture, and ceramics, to furniture,  tapestries,and weaponry. If you like a museum that has a bit of everything, then The Burrell is definitely for you!

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Alloway >> Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

RBBM

As well as the collection of Burns’ life and works, the museum site comprises the historic cottage where Burns was born, the Burns Monument erected in his honour, the Poet’s Path with its giant mouse statue and weather vanes retelling the story of Burns’ famous poem Tam o’Shanter, and the Auld Kirk and Brig o’Doon, historic landmarks that both feature in the poem.

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