Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh)

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Dynamic Earth
Undersea Tunnel at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth (originally known as Our Dynamic Earth) is a visitor attraction in Edinburgh, and also functions as a conference venue. It is in the Holyrood area, beside the Scottish Parliament building and at the foot of Salisbury Crags.

The principal focus of Dynamic Earth is to facilitate a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the Earth (known as earth science). This includes the Big Bang, abiogenesis, plate tectonics and glaciation.[1]


The centre opened in 1999 as one of the first major projects supported by the Millennium Commission. The project was part of an urban regeneration plan for former industrial land at the lower end of Holyrood Road.

In the years 2006−2007 there were more than 200,000 visitors.[2]


The building's structure consists of a steel mast-supported membrane stretched over a steel skeleton. It was designed by architects Michael Hopkins and Partners.[3] The design incorporates the original wall that formed the outer perimeter of the Abbey Brewery ale stores that were formerly on the site.[4]

The centre's Scientific Director is the British television and radio presenter specialising in scientific and educational programmes Hermione Cockburn.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What is Dynamic Earth". Our Dynamic Earth. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Our Dynamic Earth celebrates as Holyrood doubles its funds". The Scotsman. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Dynamic Earth". Hopkins Architects. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ Davies, Gareth (26 May 2015). "Old Town, new life: four transformed buildings in Edinburgh". Time Out. Retrieved 17 June 2016.

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Coordinates: 55°57′2.08″N 3°10′27.73″W / 55.9505778°N 3.1743694°W / 55.9505778; -3.1743694