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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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Exhibition
Panjab Connections

12 Feb - 3 Jun 2016

See new films, photographs and jewellery pieces exploring the story of Maharaja Duleep Singh and Scottish Sikh identity today.

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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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Magic Carpet

14 Apr - 30 Jun 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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Architects' Conversations

26 Apr - 13 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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May Themed Tours

1 May - 31 May 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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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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Architects' Conversations: Hoskins Architects in conversation with Neil Porter

24 May 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.

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Magic Carpet Minis

26 May - 30 Jun 2016
Every Thursday 10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet, especially for very little ones, to explore the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland.

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Feely Friday

27 May - 24 Jun 2016
13:30-16:30

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

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Imaginate Festival at the Museum

28 May - 3 Jun 2016
10:00-17:00

This year, the Imaginate Festival opens with a special weekend of shows and activities at the National Museum of Scotland.

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June Themed Tours

1 Jun - 30 Jun 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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Design for Communication in the Iron Age

4 Jun 2016
17:15-18:15 (doors open 17:00)

Leading expert Professor Peter Wells from the University of Minnesota, explores the ways in which societies of Iron Age Europe used design to share information.

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Museum Socials

17 Jun - 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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Spotlight On: Shang Dynasty Oracle Bones

28 Jun 2016
14:00 – 15:00 (doors open 13:45)

In ancient China, animal bones were used in rituals to ask questions of deities, and the inscriptions on these intriguing artefacts represent the earliest form of Chinese writing. Join the experts for a glimpse into recent research on our collection of ‘oracle bones’.

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Summer Holiday Activities 2016

4 Jul - 7 Aug 2016
Dependent on activity

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

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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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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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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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Exhibition
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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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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