Here you'll find past National Museum Scotland press releases.

2013 press releases

Thursday 12 December, 2013

Museum Lates: Night of the Mammoths

The date of the next Museum Lates event at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced as Friday 28 February 2014.

Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Exhibitions for 2014

Mammoths, Ming and First World War Centenary lead the 2014 exhibitions programme at National Museums Scotland.

Wednesday 6 November, 2013

First World War Centenary programme unveiled

The programme includes exhibitions at the National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum, a national touring exhibition, participation in a UK-wide learning project with young people and a series of public events for adults and young people.

Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Ming: The Golden Empire

The extraordinary story of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period marked by economic strength and a dramatic flourishing of the arts, will be told in a major exhibition showing at the National Museum of Scotland next summer, Ming: The Golden Empire.

Friday 13 September, 2013

David Livingstone bicentenary exhibition in Malawi

The life and achievements of David Livingstone are being marked in a new exhibition, which opens at Chichiri Museum in Blantyre, Malawi on Tuesday 17 September.

Thursday 12 September, 2013

ScottishPower Foundation Get Energised with National Museums 

National Museums Scotland and the ScottishPower Foundation have today announced a new partnership bringing a programme of exciting science and engineering activity to secondary school pupils across Scotland.

Friday 30 August, 2013

National Museum of Rural Life Set for Countryside Celebration

Visitors to the National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride will have the chance to experience a traditional countryside celebration on Sunday 1 September when the attraction hosts its annual Country Fair.

Monday 12 August, 2013

Giraffe inspires new Catherine Rayner Book 'Abigail'

The award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner’s latest book is inspired by the giraffe in the National Museum of Scotland’s Animal World gallery.

Tuesday 6 August, 2013

National Museums acquires Cybraphon

National Museums Scotland has acquired Cybraphon, the moody, self-Googling, autonomous robot band in a box. It will be displayed in the Discoveries gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from 9 August 2013.

Thursday 1 August, 2013

Summer festivities at the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland has a jam-packed schedule of events and exhibitions rolling out this August, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival programmes.

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland reveals the spectacular artwork and larger-than-life characters from a 19th century Japanese cultural phenomenon.

Friday 12 July, 2013

Rock the Lab

National Museums Scotland hits the road this summer to bring science to the music festival circuit.

Monday 8 July, 2013

Mammoths of the Ice Age

National Museums Scotland will present a major exhibition in 2014 exploring the mysteries of the Ice Age and revealing what life was like for the iconic mammals of this era; the mammoth and the mastodon.

Thursday 4 July, 2013

Heritage Lottery Fund backs National Museum of Flight redevelopment

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced its support for the next phase of a Development Plan to transform the National Museum of Flight, located at East Fortune in East Lothian, with the award of a *First Round pass for a grant of £1.3 million.

Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Robots descend on National Museum of Flight

Battling robots, a giant animatronic T rex dinosaur and one of the world’s most advanced robotic limbs are just some of the attractions on show at the National Museum of Flight’s Robots Live!

Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Darnley Jewel loaned to National Museum of Scotland

One of the finest jewels in the Royal Collection is among the spectacular objects making their way to the National Museum of Scotland as the countdown begins to the opening of the major summer exhibition, Mary, Queen of Scots.

Friday 31 May, 2013

Mary, Queen of Scots

This summer National Museums Scotland presents a major exhibition on the life of Mary Stewart (1542-87), Queen of Scots.

Thursday 11 April, 2013

Scotland Creates

Young people across Scotland are to curate their own exhibitions inspired by the collections of National Museums Scotland.

Monday 18 March, 2013

Missing Chapter

National Museums Scotland has acquired an unparalleled collection of Scottish fossils, dating from one of the planet’s most crucial evolutionary periods. The specimens have been secured for the nation thanks to a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Top 10 for National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is the first Scottish attraction to reach the Top 10 in the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) annual list.

Thursday 28 February, 2013

Ilana Halperin: The Library

Contemporary artist Ilana Halperin creatively explores time through fossils, minerals and geological sculptures in The Library, opening on 24 May at the National Museum of Scotland.

Monday 4 February, 2013

National Museum of Costume to close

National Museums Scotland has today announced that the National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House, near New Abbey, Dumfries is to close.