Museum milestone for Gorebridge family

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A GOREBRIDGE family has been rewarded for supporting an Edinburgh museum.

Ian and Kim Vass and their children, Riannon (10) and Layla (6), were the 100,000th visitors to the newly-refurbished National Museum of Scotland a few days after its July 29 opening.

Rachel Sim, from the museum’s visitor services team, presented the family with a museum goodie bag, including badges, postcards, a voucher for the shop and a year’s family membership.

Kim said: “We came here quite a lot before it shut and this is our first visit since it re-opened. It looks fantastic – I can’t believe you don’t have to pay to get in.”

Ian said: “It’s amazing that there’s been 100,000 people here already. Lucky for us that we came in when we did. There’s so much to see, we’ll need to come back a few times to take it all in.”

The museum re-opened after a major three-year redevelopment.

A spectacular opening ceremony on Chambers Street was followed by nearly 6000 people passing through the doors in the first hour of opening. In all, 22,000 visitors packed the museum on the opening day.

Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland, said: “The number of visitors we have had so far is absolutely fantastic. To get over 100,000 people in less than a week really has surpassed all of our expectations.”