National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

27 May - 28 May 2017
Edinburgh International Children's Festival opens with a weekend of free performances.

National Museum of Rural Life

Woolly Weekend

3 Jun - 4 Jun 2017
Join us for our annual Woolly Weekend at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

National Museum of Scotland

Spotlight On: The Tomb

10 Jun 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)
Assistant Curator Dr Daniel Potter discusses the world of the craftsmen who built The Valley of the Kings – and the robbers who raided the tombs within it.
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  • Save the Galloway Hoard

    You can help save the Hoard, but there isn’t much time. Donate now to secure the Hoard and unlock its secrets.
  • Search the collections

    Our online database contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections.
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

    Discover a compelling story of loyalty, loss, rebellion and retribution in this major exhibition.
  • Fossil Tales

    Fossil tales and stories are as diverse as the civilisations that created them, legends grew up around these unexplained objects as a way to make sense of their origin and identity. This small display explores some of the myths and uses for fossils.
  • Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation

    Over 250 years ago Scottish industry began producing a wide range of pottery, from everyday ware to exotic decorative pieces. Potteries established by Scottish entrepreneurs sprung up around the Forth and Clyde regions, as well as further afield.
  • GEN

    GEN is an innovative strategy game where you can use biomedical objects from the museum collection to diagnose and treat a digital creature.
  • Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I as Hanakawado Sukeroku, from the series Thirty-six Selected Floral Parallels (Tōsei mitate sanjūrokkasen)

    New Ancient Egypt and East Asia galleries

    The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its initial support for the next phase of the Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland.
  • New art and science galleries now open

    Ten galleries. Infinite possibilities. From Alexander Graham Bell to Zandra Rhodes, this year we're showcasing the very best of our internationally important collections in decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.
  • Become a Member

    Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £39.
  • 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.
  • Venue hire

    National Museums Scotland offers a collection of spectacular venues to suit every occasion. For intimate dinners for 12 guests to grand celebrations for 1,500, each unique and versatile setting ensures and an unforgettable event.

The Galloway Hoard

We're excited to have the opportunity to save a unique treasure hoard for the nation! Find out more here.