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31 July 2011

Sunday Best: Visiting the Museum

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This weekend the Nation Museum of Scotland reopened after almost four years of refurbishment so naturally Adam and I paid a long awaited visit. I'm quite sure that I was not alone in exhaling a great sigh of relief upon seeing that the main hall remains relatively unchanged. Aside, of course from the sad departure of Scotland's most beloved fish. This revelation, I admit, was a little distressing but after strolling (elbowing) through the taxidermy rooms any upset was quickly forgotten. All manner of animals - lions, tigers and a polar bears are all housed together under an ocean of sea creatures aswell as a lone hippopotamus all suspended from the ceiling by wire. The inhabitants of Noah's Ark have been my favourite part of the museum ever since my first visit seventeen years ago when I was only eight so in celebration of their return I dressed for the occasion in a fox and deer print shirt dress.


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Shirt Dress - H&M, Pyjama Blazer - H&M, Tote - The Orphans Arms, Loafers - New Look.


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Another of my favourite artifacts was a gigantic light from a decommissioned lighthouse. I visited the exhibition on Lighthouse Life on my birthday this year and became utterly enchanted by the seemly romantic, though probably lonely life of a life house keeper. I can already see this winter wardrobe containing roll neck sweaters, flat caps and a pipe! After a good nosey around all the exhibitions and a cup of tea we made for the roof terrace to admire the view. If you are in the city this summer, I would thoroughly recommend visiting, admission is completely free and the view from the terrace is only second to climbing Arthurs Seat which would involve, well... climbing.


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28 comments:

  1. The museum looks spectacular, what wonderful exhibits! And your horse motif dress is absolutely darling.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  2. I'm excited to see the museum but I'm going to wait until the young 'uns go back to school. I did enough "elbowing" my way round the new transport museum to last me a while :)

    Emma

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  3. Lovely dress Miss Harrington, I am even more excited about visiting now seeing these lovely shots x

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  4. Oh my gosh, it looks incredible! The sort of place Tom & I would love. I think a trip to Edinburgh is required sometime soon.... x

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  5. I love museums, and this one looks brilliant!
    I love your dress :) xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  6. What a stunning building Cait! How fitting that you wore an animal print dress!

    It's funny that you mentioned the solitary life of lighthouse keepers because my grandfather was one his whole adult life. I know my grandmother struggled bringing up 7 children while my grandfather was stationed in remote areas, but they loved each other very much so I suppose that's what kept most lighthouse keepers from going crazy from loneliness! It's definitely not a profession I would choose, but I always admired my grandfather for it!

    Emma x

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  7. Oh I can't WAIT to go! Once when I was little I tried to take off all my clothes and get in with the fish in the main hall, my poor Mum. Love the view from the roof xx

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  8. Yay for the fox and the polar bear pic!

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  9. Oh I really want to visit Edinburgh now, but it's so far away from London! Hm.. maybe I can convince some of my friends, especially since they associate Edinburgh with One Day and therefore will be rather easy to persuade! The museum looks gorgeous... it sort of reminds me of The Great Exhibition in 1851. I'd love to visit it! Your dress looks lovely; in fact I was admiring it yesterday in H&M, although I think I'm going to get the same dress in yellow with hearts all over! Hopefully it'll look as nice on me as it does on you :) xx

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  10. wow love the first photo
    the dress you are wearing is really cute

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  11. Oh how lovely! I love going to the museum but I really haven't been in far too long. Looks beautiful. Love your bag too :)

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  12. this place looks delightfully bizarre! love the print on your dress.

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  13. Ahh I'm even more excited to visit Edinburgh now! Loving that beautiful light. Our museum here pales in comparison!

    Also that tote may just be my favourite that I've seen to date. I've thrashed my Fieldguided one so I'm hunting for a replacement.

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  14. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to go see it when I get back to Edinburgh! Your pictures of the animals are perfect, so atmospheric!

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  15. Oh it looks wonderful, the top picsture is breathtaking, love the symmetry of it. p.s love your patent flats! XX

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  16. gorgeous photos, i would love to to that museum! :)

    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  17. I can't believe they have been refurbishing this for 4 years - I'd be excited to go back. Although it is such a shame that the carp aren't there! I have photos of me when I'm about 3 years old playing with the fish with my sister. :(
    xx

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  18. Wow, this place looks amazinging. The time that they have spent on it has really paid off.

    Love the outfit you wore too. So great for days out like you had.

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  19. Ok it seems like I'm the last one to discover that giraffe's tongue is black...So cute :D
    I love your dress Cait!
    Ale
    x

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  20. Love your Flats and dress so lovely! x

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  21. Wow! The museum looks amazing :)

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  22. i am coming up to edinburgh in a couple of weeks for the festi, i will definitely check out the musuem, it looks like a really beautiful building from your gorgeous pictures. any other top tips for visitors? xx

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  23. How beautiful, what a great space! The polar bear makes me a little sad though. Have you seen Martin Creed's marble steps? They sound rather wonderful.

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  24. wowee! I defo wanna visit there once I get up to Scotland! x

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  25. A day at the museum is one of my favorite ways to spend the day. I love getting lost at the Met.

    Love the shoe shot.

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  26. I love natural history museums and this one looks like a real beaut, so glad it's finally open!

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  27. I love your bag! and as I enjoy museums, this one looks rather inviting. Hmmm, I'm thinking I should plan a visit soon ...

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  28. The museum is gorgeous!

    I bet you had fun :D

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