Where can you find the world’s most famous chess pieces, the oldest known reptile, a celebrity sheep, a coffin in the shape of a Mercedes Benz and over two million insects? It can only be in the collections of National Museums Scotland.
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Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most famous yet enigmatic figures in Scottish history. Explore her dramatic story and separate out the facts from the myths that have built up around her.
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Dolly the sheep in the Connect gallery

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Dolly the sheep

As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, her birth was of huge excitement both to the scientific world and to the public.
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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.
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Mummy mask

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Coffins and mummy masks

National Museums Scotland’s ancient Egyptian coffin collection remains largely unknown and has many exceptional items. Find out about the different coffins here.
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Agate From The Heddle Collection

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Heddle collection

Professor Matthew Forster Heddle was Scotland's most famous mineralogist, a renowned collector and a highly respected academic. We look after 5,700 specimens from his collection.
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Colouring the Nation

Discover the beauty of our Scottish Turkey red collection through this collaborative project between National Museums Scotland and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
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Scotland's Concorde

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Concorde G-BOAA

For almost 30 years, anyone who could afford the ticket could shoot across the globe at twice the speed of sound. How? By flying on Concorde, the world’s only supersonic passenger aeroplane.
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Hilton of Cadboll stone

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Early Medieval Scotland

The Early Medieval period (around AD 300 – 900) is a very important part of Scotland’s past. Coming just after the Romans left Britain and before the arrival of the Vikings, it was a time of great creativity in Scotland.
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Mercedes Benz Coffin

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Mercedes-Benz coffin

Is it a car? Is it a coffin? In fact it’s both, an amazing piece of artwork that celebrates a modern Ghanaian tradition.
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