From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, our galleries contain treasures from around the world.

From meteorites to monsters from the deep, our Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while our World Cultures galleries link people and possessions across the globe. Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in our Scottish galleries, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects in our Window on the World and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in our Discoveries gallery

Open up a treasure trove of decorative arts in our new Art, Design and Fashion galleries. Explore the ideas that have shaped design through the centuries and get front row seats at a catwalk of creativity in textiles and style. Over in Science and Technology, get hands on with inventions and innovations as science is brought to life through displays and interactives.

Please note due to an exciting redevelopment project our Ancient Egypt and Looking East galleries are currently closed. 

Grand Gallery, Discoveries and Window on the World

Your journey from Scotland to the world begins in the Grand Gallery, one of Scotland's most beautiful spaces.

Art, Design and Fashion galleries

These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style. Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.

Natural World galleries

A giant T.rex guards our Natural World galleries, where we ask the big questions: how does the world work? What do we know about it?

Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science.

Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives? Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through interactive games and thought-provoking displays.

World Cultures galleries

How can you travel around the world without leaving Scotland? By visiting our World Cultures galleries.

New galleries now open

Ten new galleries are now open at the National Museum of Scotland. Find out more