National Museum of Scotland is Edinburgh’s Best

The National Museum of Scotland has been hailed as the best museum in Edinburgh by international language students.

Research by Kaplan International Colleges revealed that more than three-quarters (76%) of surveyed international students said that the National Museum of Scotland was their favorite museum in the historic Scottish capital.

A spokesperson from National Museums Scotland said: “We are delighted that more than three quarters of international students have voted the National Museum of Scotland as their favourite museum or gallery in Edinburgh.

“It has always been the Museum’s core purpose to bring the history of the world to Scotland and that of Scotland to world, and knowing that so many students from across the globe enjoy and appreciate our Museum reinforces our standing as a world class visitor attraction.”

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The National Museum of Scotland, which was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland and the adjacent Royal Museum, topped the survey’s museums and galleries category ahead of the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Museum of Childhood.

Rachele Walker, Principal at Kaplan International Colleges Edinburgh, said: “I am so pleased this is a firm favourite with our students. I have lived in Edinburgh nearly all my life and I still find corners of this museum that I have never seen before!

“Nearly £50 million was spent doing it up and in 2012 it was in the top 20 most visited museums and galleries in the world. As one of the many free museums in Edinburgh, this museum well deserves its place as the number one museum!”

Kaplan surveyed 301 current and former students from 29 countries who were aged between 18 and 59 years old. The results of the survey have been visualized in Kaplan's "What to do in Edinburgh" infographic. The infographic page has quotes covering all aspects of the research.

Other survey results include:

  •     78% of international students voted Princes Street as the best place to go shopping.
  •     72% voted Princes Street Gardens as the best park.
  •     67% voted Edinburgh Castle as the best tourist attraction.
  •     62% voted Finnegan’s Wake as the best pub.
  •     36% voted Espionage top in the club and gig venues category.
  •     35% voted Festival Theatre top in the theatre and performance venues category.
  •     20% voted Jamie’s Italian as the best place to eat.

Kaplan surveyed students from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Germany, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Iran, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Kurdistan, Ukraine, Sweden, Luxembourg, Republic of San Marino, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Iceland and Bosnia.

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