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Tours

1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.

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BUILD IT! A museum made from LEGO®

1 Jun 2016 - 30 Jul 2017

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

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Monkey Business

9 Dec 2016 - 23 Apr 2017

Meet the family as you get up close to the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.

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Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation

3 Feb - 25 Jun 2017
10:00 - 17:00

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.

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New! Guided Audio Descriptive Tour

11 Feb 2017
14:00-15:00

Guided descriptive audio tour for the visually impaired.

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Museum Socials

17 Feb - 15 Sep 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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March Themed Tours

1 Mar - 31 Mar 2017
15:00-16:00

Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

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Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

20 Mar - 9 Apr 2017
3 hours per week

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians in this free online course.

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Magic Carpet

22 Mar - 14 Jun 2017
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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Feely Friday

24 Mar - 31 Mar 2017
13:30-16:30

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

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Magic Carpet Minis

30 Mar - 15 Jun 2017
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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The Tomb : Ancient Egyptian Burial

31 Mar - 3 Sep 2017
10:00-17:00

The Tomb presents the story of one extraordinary tomb, built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years.

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My Monkey and Me

1 Apr - 6 Apr 2017
10:30-11:10

SOLD OUT: Bring your little ones along for some sensory science, stories, songs and actions inspired by our Monkey Business exhibition.

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Primate Playground

1 Apr - 6 Apr 2017
11:30-12:10, 14:00-14:40

Discover how primates have adapted to help them live and play in this sensory science workshop.

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Science Festival

1 Apr - 16 Apr 2017
10:00-17:00

Visit the National Museum of Scotland during the Edinburgh International Science Festival to discover activities, events and workshops for all ages.

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Early Doors Autism Event: The Tomb

1 Apr - 2 Apr 2017
9:00-10:00

As part of World Autism Awareness Week, families with children who are on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy free early doors access to The Tomb.

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April Themed Tours

1 Apr - 30 Apr 2017
15:00-16:00

Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

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Monkey Business Film Season - April

2 Apr - 15 Apr 2017
Check individual film times

To celebrate our Monkey Business exhibition, we have programmed a special season of films in partnership with Filmhouse. Our April selection includes joyous, observational films like Chimpanzee and Nénette and the unforgettable cult classic of (the original) King Kong.

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Spark Cart Science

3 Apr - 13 Apr 2017
14:00-15:30

Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.

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Behind the Scenes of The Tomb

5 Apr 2017
14:00 – 15:00

Discover the untold story of the painted linen mummy shroud excavated from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Montsuef.

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Party On

7 Apr 2017
19:00-22:30

Get playful at Party On, with exclusive adults-only access to the Science Festival’s brand new Play On exhibition, accompanied by live music, visuals and some special hands-on activities.

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Fossil Tales

7 Apr - 10 Sep 2017
10:00 - 17:00

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.

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Chimps on Trial

8 Apr 2017
12:30 – 14:00

Should chimpanzees have human rights? Could a chimp do a human wrong? Join primatologist Lewis Dean to examine what we know about the mental abilities of our closest evolutionary cousins.

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Superhero Science Show

10 Apr - 11 Apr 2017
11:00, 13:00, 15:00 (45 mins)

Are you a superhero scientist in the making?

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The Lothian Birth Cohort: Ageing and the Brain

11 Apr 2017
17:30-19:00

The Lothian Birth Cohort is the longest running study on cognitive ageing and the brain. Join the researchers in this interactive event to discover how childhood mental capacity affects health and cognition in later life.

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World Heritage Day 2017

18 Apr 2017
10:00-16:00

Celebrate Scotland's six World Heritage Sites and discover more about their worldwide significance at National Museum of Scotland.

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National Museums Collection Centre tours

20 Apr - 31 Aug 2017
10:30-11:45

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

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

20 Apr 2017
18:30-20:00

Join us to uncover stories behind objects featured in our new book Scotland to the World: Treasures from the National Museum of Scotland.

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Short Courses

20 Apr - 22 Jun 2017

Booking is open for The University of Edinburgh’s Short Courses at the National Museum of Scotland

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Technologies of the Connoisseur: Visual Expertise and the Practice of Art History

28 Apr 2017
15:00-16:30

In this lecture, part of the Understanding Technologies series, Professor Sven Dupré of Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam discusses how technology has changed our understanding of art history since the early 20th century.

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Mini Makers

6 May - 7 May 2017
11:00-11:40, 14:00-14:40

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

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Spotlight On: The Scottish Life Archive

6 May 2017
14:00-15:00

Senior Curator Dorothy Kidd introduces the Scottish Life Archive and shows how it can be used for personal research.

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The Tomb Uncovered

8 May 2017
18:00-19:00 (doors open 17:45)

Join Dr Margaret Maitland as she sheds light on the stories featured in the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition, The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial.

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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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Written in Blood, a Crime Writing Workshop

1 Jul 2017
11:00 – 16:00 (doors open 10:45)

Inspired by the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, author Doug Johnstone will lead this workshop on writing crime fiction.

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The Mystery of the Miniature Coffins

2 Jul 2017
15:00–15:45 (doors open 14:45)

Satanic spell or superstitious charm? We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins. This event is now fully booked.

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Age of Oil

21 Jul - 5 Nov 2017
10:00 - 17:00

Exploring the people and places of Scotland’s offshore energy industry, this contemporary art exhibition showcases the work of visual artist Sue Jane Taylor who has worked in some of the most remote and challenging environments in Scotland.

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Kids go free to Monkey Business

Thanks to generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Monkey Business is now free to all children aged 15 and under from 10 February until 23 April. Find out more about the exhibition here.