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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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Fossil Hunters : Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land

19 Feb - 14 Aug 2016

Discover how life on earth moved from water onto land 360-345 million years ago through ground-breaking discoveries made in Scotland.

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Celts

10 Mar - 25 Sep 2016

This major exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.

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Reflecting Telescopes

25 Mar - 28 Aug 2016
10:00 - 17:00

This small display reveals the work of pioneering Scots in the development of the reflective telescope.

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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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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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July Themed Tours

1 Jul - 31 Jul 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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Summer Holiday Activities 2016

4 Jul - 7 Aug 2016
12:00-16:00

Join us this summer to investigate our new Science and Technology and Art, Design and Fashion galleries, step back in time and get hands-on and crafty Celts.

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Museum Socials

15 Jul - 16 Sep 2016
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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Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

1 Aug - 14 Aug 2016
3 hours per week

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851’s Great Exhibition.

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Gilded Balloon at the Museum

3 Aug - 29 Aug 2016
Various times

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Janis Claxton Dance presents POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

4 Aug - 28 Aug 2016
15:30 - 16:20

Award-winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) join forces with four world-class dancers. Based around the theme of love, the site-specific performances will pop up throughout the museum in August.

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Impact Arts: Gallery 37

4 Aug 2016

A showcase event celebrating the young people’s work created with Impact Arts in the museum this summer.

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Free Fringe Music

6 Aug - 28 Aug 2016
14:00-14:40

Celebrate our collections with daily live music performances at National Museum of Scotland this summer.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

12 Aug - 26 Aug 2016
19:30-22:30

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours across three exhilarating nights, each with hand-picked performers, music, comedy, bars.

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Scotland and Celtic Identity

10 Sep 2016
14:00 – 16:30 (doors open 13:45)

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on Scotland and Celtic identity.

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Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Mouthpiece of the Gods

12 Sep 2016
19:00 – 20:15 Doors open 18:15 for a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner.

Join musician John Kenny, alongside silversmith John Creed and curator Dr Fraser Hunter for an exploration of the 2,000 year old Celtic carnyx horn for the Glenmorangie Annual Lecture at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16 Sep 2016 - 19 Feb 2017
10:00-17:00

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 de la 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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Neu! Reekie! Celts

23 Sep 2016
19:30 – 22:30

‘Scotland’s favourite avant-garde noisemakers’ Neu! Reekie! bring us their shimmering blend of prize winning, cross-genre performance – a Celtic-influenced orgy of music, poetry, film, animation, drama and dance.

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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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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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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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