From dinosaur remains and rocks and fossils millions of years old to extinct or endangered animals and meteorites from outer space, our natural sciences collection help us understand the world.

Our Zoology collection documents the incredible diversity of life on earth, from miniscule insects to mighty whales, and charts the evolution of life through ever-changing habitats. The 50,000 specimens in our Geology collection cover much of Scotland’s rich geological and mineralogical diversity, helping us explore the processes that constantly shape and reshape the planet.

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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Geode Detail

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Amethyst geode

This huge amethyst geode formed over 130 million years ago in lava during a period of volcanic activity.
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Moby Mouth

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Moby the whale

Discover how the skull of a 40ft whale, which captured the heart of the nation, has become a permanent feature at the National Museum of Scotland.
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Fossilised tree slice

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Fossilised tree slice

A slice of history preserved thanks to Scottish naturalist and conservationist John Muir.
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T.rex in the Animal World gallery

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Tyrannosaurus rex

Meet the 12 metre-long, spectacular life-sized skeleton cast of a T.rex, one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Scotland.
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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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