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The Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The clock is ticking: all eyes in Edinburgh are on the new Museum of Scotland to see just how much of the building will be ready for this week's official opening. Word has it that much of the place is still a building site, and with the Queen due to cut the ribbons on Monday (St Andrew's Day) the pressure is on. Hopefully the opening will be the triumph that they deserve: it's a great building, elegantly and intelligently designed to tell the story of Scotland from 8000BC to the present day.

The collection is a diverse one, from ancient carvings and quaiches to teapots and football shirts, all installed in a beautifully ordered setting of limestone, beech and pale grey plaster. Once the builders leave it's set to be one of the great museums in the British isles. RI

The Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh (0131-225 7534) from Mon

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