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National Museum of Scotland Machine Locations > Scotland

Chambers Street Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JF

Phone: 0300 123 6789


National Museums Scotland was formed by an Act of Parliament in 1985, amalgamating the former National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and The Royal Scottish Museum. 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). The National Museum incorporates the collections of the former National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, and the Royal Museum. As well as the main national collections of Scottish archaeological finds and medieval objects, the museum contains artifacts from around the world, encompassing geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology and art. The 16 new galleries reopened in 2011 include 8,000 objects, 80 per cent of which were not formerly on display. One of the more notable exhibits is the stuffed body of Dolly the sheep, the first successful clone of a mammal from an adult cell. Other highlights include Ancient Egyptian exhibitions, one of Elton John's extravagant suits and a large kinetic sculpture named the Millennium Clock. A Scottish invention that is a perennial favorite with school parties is The Maiden, an early form of guillotine.

Admission is free. Operating hours are: Daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (17:00). Closed Christmas Day. Limited hours for Boxing Day: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (17:00) and New Year's Day 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm (17:30). Pay and display parking is available on Chambers Street and off-street parking nearby at NCP Quartermile. Further information on parking can be found at This machine is within easy walking distance (round trip 1 mile) to the Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, Edinburgh Old Town Weaving, Edinburgh Dungeons, The Real Mary King's Close, and Museum on the Mound (Bank of Scotland) penny machines.

The penny machine is on the first floor inside the Connect Shop gift shop. There are four designs available from a Penny Press Factory "GEM" wheel cranked machine. Each cost £1.00 on a coin that is supplied by the machine (no choice to use 97% coppers).

All designs have a solid border with 'National Museum of Scotland':
1. (H) A shark.
2. (H) Skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
3. (H) James Watt steam engine.
4. (V) A "Berserker" chess man from the Isle of Lewis.

G.P.S. coordinates: Latitude: 55° 56' 48.7314" Longitude: -3° 11' 26.214"

May 19, 2014. Machine rolling excellent images with very slight tails (less than the scans below) on post 1992 pennies supplied by the machine. MWHTH

In the Connect Shop Gift Shop