4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish), France, 1918 © Ditsong National Museum of Military History

National Museum of Scotland

Common Cause
Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

11 Jul - 12 Oct 2014
Explore the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War.
Hairy Chicken

National Museum of Rural Life

Country Fair

31 Aug 2014
Join us for a celebration of all things rural as we bring in the summer harvest.
Mountain bike riding at Wheels and Wings

National Museum of Flight

The Wheels and Wings Show

21 Sep 2014
Join us for a thrilling display from the White Helmets motorcycle display team, see classic cars and vintage vehicles.
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    Museum closures

    Due to anticipated strike action this week by the Public and Commercial Services Union, the National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum may be closed between 1.30pm and 2.30pm from Saturday 23 to Friday 29 August inclusive.
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    May Morris embroideries

    These beautiful hangings were worked around 1900 by May Morris, the daughter of the designer, William Morris, the father of the Arts and Crafts movement.
  • Artist's impression of the new fashion gallery.

    New galleries

    Find out about the exciting plans to open ten new galleries in the National Museum of Scotland.
  • School visit to the Scotland: A Changing Nation gallery

    Schools programme

    Welcome to a world of learning with National Museums Scotland. Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of our collections.
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    Next of Kin

    Discover the profound personal stories of Scottish families and communities as their loved ones fought abroad in the First World War.
  • Detail from Bayi Minyjirral 2013 © Danie Mellor (1)


    An intriguing exhibition devised by acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor.
  • Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place

    Scotland Creates

    How do we express our Sense of Place? Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with our staff and at four partner museums to explore where they come.
  • World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

    Game Masters

    Featuring over 100 playable games, Game Masters showcases the work of more than 30 leading videogame designers.