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Being brought up in Edinburgh meant that the National Museum of Scotland was somewhere I visited a lot throughout my youth. From school visits, the occasional ‘family day’ and for the odd game of hide and seek through my tweens (seriously!), it has been a staple of entertainment for as long as I can remember. Despite the age gain, the interest never seemed to dwindle; unlike many boyfriends who came and went, the Museum was always there. When it closed many moons ago for the refurbishment nobody ssemed to know what to do with themselves. The side entrance was still open but it wasn’t the same; our itch just couldn’t be satisfied with only Dolly the Sheep and the limited displays to look at. It wasn’t that the exhibitions were bad; we had just been spoilt rotten before. You can imagine the count down that the Edinburgers had going until the opening!
And so today, with Chamber Street cordoned off and more prams and toddlers than you can through a stick at, you could feel the excitement in the air. With 30 minutes of live drumming, the Museum certainly knew how to gather a crowd and people were really enjoying themselves. It has been a long wait and the people are ready – I don’t think I have seen that in this town since the Trams were announced! With performers abseiling down the sides of the building and a firework display for us all to enjoy, the National Museum of Scotland marked was back and it meant business!
I am delighted to report that inside they have done a great job too; the Natural World exhibition with all the animals looks incredible, World Cultures area is buzzing with excitement and the Art and Design sections are always intriguing. Our old favourites are back and Dolly is still there standing proud too… if you can get anywhere near her that is! It seems that everyone is in great spirits and it is going to be busy here for a long long time. The goldfish may be gone, but our love of the museum will never fade…
Vicky Viola is a designer and blogger based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the past 4 years she has established Vivid Please, an illustration and design company that brings her illustrations into life by transforming trivial products into playful necessities with a sense of humor. With a dedication to unique style, her creative talents have cultivated many popular DIYs and quirky outfit posts, all with a retro twist, naturally!
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