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.
Mary, Queen of Scots © Blairs Museum Trust

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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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Casualty Of War 1500Px

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Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh

Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh by renowned British Sikh artists, The Singh Twins.
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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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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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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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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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Sir James Black And Nobel Prize Medal Copyright National Museums Scotland

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Sir James Black's Nobel Prize medal

Sir James Black was one of the greatest Scottish scientists of the modern era. His work in medicine and pharmacology has improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world. His work will be featured in a new Science and Technology gallery, Enquire, due to open in 2016.
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