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National Museum of Scotland fit out commences

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February 15 2011

National Museum of Scotland fit out commences
Work to transform the National Museum of Scotland has entered the final furlong as curators begin the mammoth task of installing some 8,000 items in 16 new galleries ahead of a July 29 opening date.

Amongst the disparate objects being ferried into their new home is a dinosaur, mummy and a motor car, reflecting the eclectic fingers of a museum dedicated to revealing the wonders of nature, world cultures, and the innovations of science and technology.

Centrepiece of the overhauled space will be Windows on the World, a four storey emporium of 800 objects hand picked from the museums collections.

£46.4m has been spent on the Victorian structure, comprehensively restoring the interior and installing glass lifts, escalators and stairwells, work which will facilitate more space for international exhibitions and expanded facilities for events and conferences.
 
Augmenting this spruce up will be a redeveloped street level entrance hall, restaurants and shops whilst a new build 3 storey learning centre will enable an expansion of the museums work with schools and the wider public.

The attraction is being designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects and is expected to welcome over a million visitors a year when it opens this summer.

David Narro are acting as engineers on the scheme.
A new floor is being inserted at street level to accommodate more artefacts
A new floor is being inserted at street level to accommodate more artefacts
The expanded museum is expected to provide a timely fillip to Edinburgh's tourism industry.
The expanded museum is expected to provide a timely fillip to Edinburgh's tourism industry.

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