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Guided tours

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00

Join one of our guided tours and discover some of the highlights in the collection.

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Architects' Conversations

26 Apr - 24 Oct 2016

This series of talks brings together a number of Scotland’s leading architects with other leading international architects to discuss shared themes, interests and influences in how we shape the places around us.

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Exhibition
Stone Age Jade from the Alps

20 May - 30 Oct 2016
10:00 - 17:00

How did these beautiful Neolithic axeheads end up in Scotland, so far from their origins in the North Italian Alps around 6,000 years ago?

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BUILD IT! A museum made from LEGO®

1 Jun - 1 Dec 2016

A beautiful three-metre LEGO® model of the National Museum of Scotland is now on display.

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September Themed Tours

1 Sep - 30 Sep 2016
15:00-16:00

Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural. Themed tours take place every day at 3pm.

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October Themed Tours

1 Sep - 30 Sep 2016
15:00-16:00

Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural. Themed tours take place every day at 3pm.

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Magic Carpet

7 Sep - 21 Dec 2016
Every Wednesday 10:30-10:55, 11:30-11:55

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the collection.

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Magic Carpet Minis

8 Sep - 22 Dec 2016
Every Thursday 10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland.

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Feely Friday

9 Sep - 14 Oct 2016
13:30-16:30

Discover strange and wonderful objects from our handling collections every Friday during term time.

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Museum Socials

16 Sep 2016 - 17 Feb 2017
10:30-12:00

National Museums Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16 Sep 2016 - 19 Feb 2017

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.

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Architects' Conversations: John McAslan in conversation with Pedro Mendes da Rocha

21 Sep 2016
Wednesday 18:45-20:15 (doors open 18:00). This event includes a drinks reception from 18:00.

Throughout history, Scottish architecture and architects have been hugely significant internationally. The Architects’ Conversations series brings together a number of Scotland’s leading architects with other leading international architects.

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Nordic Modernist Design

23 Sep 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
10:00 - 17:00

Modernist design emerged in the early 20th century as a response to social and technological changes.

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Doors Open Day at the National Museums Collection Centre

24 Sep - 25 Sep 2016

Go behind the scenes on a tour of our state-of-the-art collections research centre for Scottish History and Archaeology and Natural Sciences at Granton, Edinburgh.

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Mini Makers

1 Oct 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
11:00-11:40, 14:00-14:40

Join us for the first weekend of every month for our new hands-on activity sessions for 3-5 year olds.

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Thinking with Things: by The History of Distributed Cognition Project

8 Oct 2016
13:00-16:45

Humans have always used things to think. This event explores the tools that supplemented our minds and bodies – shedding new light on our museum collections.

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Scotland to the world: Treasures from the National Museum of Scotland

12 Oct 2016
18:30-19:45

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Victorian museum.

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Half Term: Good Golly, There's Dolly!

15 Oct - 23 Oct 2016
11:00-16:00

Flock to the museum for a half-term full of biomedical discoveries.

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Science Saturdays

15 Oct 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
12:00-16:00

There's something for all ages to discover at our free Science Saturdays on 15 October, 26 November, 3 December 2016 and 7 January 2017.

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Museum Sleepover: 150th Birthday Bash

15 Oct - 16 Oct 2016
18:30 on the Saturday to 09:00 on the Sunday

National Museum of Scotland is offering families an exclusive opportunity to spend a whole night at the museum.

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History Happenings

16 Oct - 19 Oct 2016
11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:00

Step back in time and encounter everyday characters from history, inspired by our new galleries.

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Half life: The divided life of Bruno Maximovich Pontecorvo

19 Oct 2016
18:30 – 19:45

Join Frank Close, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford, to delve into the fascinating life of Bruno Pontecorvo, one of the 20th century’s leading experts in nuclear physics

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Science Show: Pandemic!

20 Oct - 22 Oct 2016
12-12:45 & 14:30-15:15

Step into our auditorium for our new, highly immersive science show.

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Architects' Conversations: David Page in conversation with David Reat and Joan Callís

24 Oct 2016
18:45-20:15 (doors open 18:00). This event includes a drinks reception from 18:00.

Throughout history, Scottish architecture and architects have been hugely significant internationally. The Architects’ Conversations series brings together a number of Scotland’s leading architects with other leading international architects to discuss shared themes, interests and influences in how we shape the places around us.

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Spotlight On: Stone Age Jade from the Alps

27 Oct 2016
14:00 – 15:00

Join curator Dr Alison Sheridan to discover how these Neolithic axeheads ended up in Scotland, so far from their origins in the North Italian alps.

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STICK conference 2016: Unsung Heroes of our Industrial and Technological Heritage

28 Oct 2016
10:00-15:30

Inspired by the opening of a suite of ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, this conference celebrates the ‘unsung heroes’ of engineering and industry.

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Spooky Sunday: Animal Magic

30 Oct 2016
12:00-16:00

Stop by for creepy craft and science surprises inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

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Spotlight On: Umbrian Madonna

2 Nov 2016
14:00-15:00

Join Rachel King and conservator Diana de Bellaigue, as they discuss the exciting findings being made on the museum’s rare, 14th-century Umbrian Madonna and Child.

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African Cinema in the Digital Age

5 Nov 2016
14:00-15:30

Join historian Charlotte Connelly and Dr Stefanie Van de Peer as they discuss mobile phone usage in Africa and its impact on filmmaking.

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Spotlight On: The Museum

10 Nov 2016
14:00-15:15

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Victorian museum.

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Families: Make it at the Museum

13 Nov 2016
10:30-12:00

Older children and their families can come together in these new workshops to learn a practical skill or a creative technique, to make something together.

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Grown ups: Make it at the Museum

13 Nov 2016
13:00-16:00

A new series of hands-on workshops just for adults at National Museum of Scotland.

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Party with the Past

18 Nov 2016
19:30 - 22:00

Join National Museums Scotland's Young Demonstrators as they take over the museum for the night.

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Christmas Music at the Museum

4 Dec 2016
12:00 - 16:30

Come in out of the cold and enjoy some festive cheer with music and choir performances from local groups and beyond.

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Exhibition
Monkey Business

9 Dec 2016 - 23 Apr 2017

This family-friendly exhibition explores the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.

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Monkey Make and Take

10 Dec - 11 Dec 2016
12:00-16:00

Make a festive decoration inspired by our Monkey Business exhibition.

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Christmas Art Competition

27 Dec - 30 Dec 2016
10:30-16:30

Be inspired by the museum and get drawing in our annual art competition at National Museum of Scotland.

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Hogmanay Family Ceilidh

31 Dec 2016
14:00-15:30

Celebrate with an afternoon of whirling and birling at National Museum of Scotland.

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Exhibition
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

23 Jun - 12 Nov 2017

This major new exhibition will tell the real story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.

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