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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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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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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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Fossil Tales

7 Apr - 4 Jun 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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Magic Carpet

19 Apr - 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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Magic Carpet Minis

20 Apr - 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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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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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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Feely Friday

21 Apr - 23 Jun 2017
13:30-16:30

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

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May Themed Tours

1 May - 31 May 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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Front Row: ECA Fashion Show

26 May 2017
20:00 and 22:00

Edinburgh College of Art fashion students will showcase their cutting-edge collections in the iconic National Museum of Scotland, sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management and co-curated by the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.

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Edinburgh International Children's Festival

27 May - 28 May 2017
10:00-16:30

Edinburgh International Children's Festival opens with a weekend of free performances.

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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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Museum Socials

16 Jun - 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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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

23 Jun - 12 Nov 2017

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

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Spotlight On: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

27 Jun 2017
14:00-15:00 (doors open 13:45)

David Forsyth, Principal Curator of Medieval-Early Modern Collections, introduces the dramatic 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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Crime, Punishment and Death Tour

1 Jul 2017
14:00 – 15:00 (meet from 13:45)

Join our guide on a tour of all things crime in the National Museum of Scotland.

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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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Summer holiday activities

3 Jul - 4 Aug 2017

We've got something extra for families to enjoy at the museum this summer - whatever the weather!

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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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Audio Descriptive Tour: Scotland Transformed

22 Jul 2017
14:00-15:00

Guided descriptive audio tour for the visually impaired.

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Gilded Balloon at the Museum

2 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2016
Various times from 10:00 to 01:00

Fringe favourites Gilded Balloon present 27 days of inspiring and diverse programming at the museum. Showcasing the very best in comedy, theatre, children's shows, music and spoken word.

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Free Fringe Music

5 Aug - 27 Aug 2017
14:00-14:40

Experience the joy of live music at the museum as the best contemporary talents take inspiration from our Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition to perform traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

11 Aug - 25 Aug 2017
19:30-22:30

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours. Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts across three exhilarating nights, alongside bars and entry to our exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.

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Culloden

15 Aug 2017
18:00 (69 mins)

A special screening of Culloden at Filmhouse. Introduced by David Forsyth, Principal Curator of Medieval-Early Modern Collections at National Museums Scotland.

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Figure drawing with Sue Jane Taylor

30 Sep 2017
10:30 – 16:00 (doors open 10:15)

Inspired by her own experiences drawing North Sea oil workers, join Sue Jane Taylor in this figurative workshop as she explores how to capture an individual who is hidden in protective clothing. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided.

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