|Chambers Street, Edinburgh|
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The National Museum of Scotland comprises two buildings – the Museum of Scotland (1998) and the Royal Museum (1866 but renovated and reopened in 2011). The Royal Museum is a magnificent Victorian building which houses international collections of Decorative Arts, Science and Industry, Archaeology and the Natural World.
The ‘Connect‘ gallery focuses on Science and Technology, covering everything from rockets to Formula One cars. The exhibits on display include an autogyro, a British Black Knight rocket from the 1950s and a Gemini Towed Test Vehicle TTV-2. This a prototype of the Gemini space capsule, used by NASA to test the idea of paragliding descents onto land rather than splashing down into the sea.
The National Museum of Scotland is located on Chambers Street, a few minutes walk from Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Chambers Street links George IV Bridge and South Bridge.
Open Monday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed Christmas Day, open 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.
Toilets, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Full access for the disabled.
|Weir W-2 autogiro. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)||Autogyro front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)|
|Gemini space capsule. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)||Top view of Gemini capsule.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|G-AXIG||Scottish Aviation Bulldog 104||G-AXIG||Complete||Displayed|
|W-2||Weir W-2 autogiro||BAPC.85||Complete||Displayed|