Tag Archives: Edinburgh

{Scotland} Follow the Money

December 4, 2014

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Today, I’d like to share another of my favourite museums in Edinburgh with you. I have to start by saying, that I always think the Museum on the Mound does itself a bit of disservice with its name. Behind the rather nondescript moniker – after the street the museum is located on, i.e. The Mound – lurks a fascinating little gem of a museum all about the (hi)story of banking and money. The museum opened in 2006 and is housed in the Bank of Scotland’s […]

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{Scotland} Writer’s Museum

April 23, 2014

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Seeing as it’s World Book Day today, what better occasion to introduce you to the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh. Part of the family of Edinburgh Museums & Galleries, run by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Writer’s Museum is situated in Lady Stair’s House in one of Edinburgh’s infamous closes of the same name. The historic house dates back to the 17th century and is named after one of it’s former owners, the Dowager Countess of Stair. The house was gifted to the City of […]

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{Scotland} Exploring Animals at the National Museum of Scotland

April 7, 2014

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Whenever we go on a family holiday back home to Edinburgh, we end up spending a lot of time at the National Museum of Scotland (okay, admittedly, I end up spending a lot of time there too even if I go to Edinburgh on my own). I’ve previously waxed lyrical about their fabulous Imagine gallery, and pointed out some things that little motor heads and train lovers will enjoy. This time, it’s all about the animals! There are plenty of animals at the National Museum […]

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{Scotland} Mammoths of the Ice Age

March 28, 2014

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If you do a search for ‘Ice Age’ online, the top result is for a certain series of computer-animated movies starring a sabertooth tiger, a sloth and a giant wooly mammoth. But did you know that not all mammoths lived in snowy climates? And not all of them were mammoth sized either! A fantastic special exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh takes you on a journey to discover more about the origin and evolution of the mammoths of the Ice Age (including […]

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{Scotland} Night of the Mammoth

March 10, 2014

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve just spent a short break in Scotland, mostly in Edinburgh. Other than haggis hunting in Dunfermline, one of the highlights was the ‘Night of the Mammoth’ at the National Museum of Scotland on the Friday night. It was one in their series of adult only late night events, which usually centre around the theme of the current exhibition – ‘Mammoths of the Ice Age’, in this case. As always, the main hall of the museum was transformed for the […]

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‘Tis the Season

November 27, 2013

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It’s only a couple more days until Advent and the countdown to Christmas starts, and with many museums putting on fun seasonal activities I thought I’d highlight some of my favourites during December. Obviously I can’t make listings for all cities and countries around the world, so I’m focusing on the three places I know best: Berlin, Edinburgh/Scotland, and Washington D.C. So, here’s what I am or would be looking forward to! If your looking for some Christmas craft activities, at the Deutsches Technikmuseum children can […]

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