Adult tours

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Guided tours

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2014
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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Ming: The Golden Empire (1)

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Ming : The Golden Empire

27 Jun - 19 Oct 2014

Discover the extraordinary story of the Ming dynasty, a period of China’s history marked by economic strength and a dramatic flourishing of the arts.

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4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish), France, 1918 © Ditsong National Museum of Military History

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Common Cause : Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

11 Jul - 12 Oct 2014

Explore the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War.

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Detail from Bayi Minyjirral 2013 © Danie Mellor (1)

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Primordial : SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

1 Aug - 23 Nov 2014

An intriguing exhibition devised by acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor.

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Seal in Living Lands  © Anna Healy

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Free themed tours for September

1 Sep - 30 Sep 2014
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

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Magic Carpet

3 Sep - 17 Dec 2014
Every Wednesday 10:30-10:55, 11:30-11:55 (no Magic Carpet on 15 Oct)

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

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Magic Carpet Minis (1)

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Magic Carpet Minis

4 Sep - 18 Dec 2014
Every Thursday 10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50 (no Magic Carpet on 16 October)

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 Yoga Stoat

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Feely Friday

5 Sep - 19 Dec 2014
Every Friday 13:30-16:30

Join us each Friday afternoon during term time to explore real and replica objects from our fascinating handling collections.

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Stainless Steel Necklace2

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New to the National Collection

19 Sep - 22 Feb 2015

New to the National Collection showcases the latest additions to National Museums’ collections including objects that will feature in ten new galleries in 2016.

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Open Studies Perfume Bottle

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University of Edinburgh Open Studies Courses

23 Sep - 26 Jun 2015

With options ranging from the decorative arts and drawing to the history of medieval and early modern Scotland, there’s a course to suit you.

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Scotland Transformed

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Free themed tours for October

1 Oct - 31 Oct 2014
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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Ming: The Golden Empire

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Saturday Showcase: Ming, The Golden Empire

4 Oct 2014
13:30-16:00

Join our panel as they discuss the wider historical context of Ming: The Golden empire exhibition.

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Hispanic Festival bull

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Flamenco Ad Libitum Flashmob

10 Oct 2014
13:00 onwards

Join us for an unmissable live event featuring Flamenco music and dance performance for the Hispanic Festival 2014.

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pirate coins

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Octob-aaargh!

11 Oct - 19 Oct 2014
12:00-16:00

Join us this October half-term for all sorts of scary, spooky and weird goings on.

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Colour Tv

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Science on Television and in the Museum

21 Oct 2014
15:00

How did museums respond to the arrival of television, the mass medium par excellence? Find how science and technology became staple programmes on television.

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Macduff tartan bag

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Tales of a Grandfather: Unrolling Walter Scott’s Magic Carpet

25 Oct 2014
14:00-15:00

Donald Smith presents Scott’s superb re-telling of Scotland for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

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Tales of a Granny

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Tales of a Granny

25 Oct - 26 Oct 2014
11:00-13:00

Join us to discover the tales, songs and the beautiful and strange things from Scotland's past.

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Margarets Wardrobe Header

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Margaret's Wardrobe

31 Oct 2014
14:00-15:30

Join Dr Chris Lee, curatorial consultant and researcher, as he tells the lively personal story of one ‘ordinary’ woman, Margaret and her amazing high-end fashion collection.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal

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Indian Encounters

14 Nov - 1 Mar 2015
10:00-17:00

Explore the changing relationships between Great Britain and India during the 18th and 19th centuries through the lives of two men with very different experiences of British imperial rule.

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Auditorium adult audience

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Being Human Festival

18 Nov 2014
12:30, 15:00, 18:30

Two film screenings and a panel discussion about Being Human, part of a UK wide festival of the humanities.

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Heart anterior exterior view

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Animal, Mechanical and Me

19 Nov 2014
15:00

Explore the choice of having a human, animal or mechanical heart with Dr Gill Haddow.

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Little Axe Cushions

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Meet Your Maker: Textiles & Ceramics

22 Nov - 23 Nov 2014
10:00-16:00

Join six craft makers in a celebration of Scottish craft over two weekends at Meet Your Maker.

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Grainne Morton Butterfly Necklace2

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Meet Your Maker: Jewellery

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014
10:00-16:00

Join six craft makers in a celebration of Scottish craft over two weekends at Meet Your Maker.

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Beach Boy

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From Scotland with Love

30 Nov 2014
14:30-16:30

A film screening of archive footage exploring the themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play.

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World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

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Game Masters

5 Dec - 20 Apr 2015

Featuring over 100 playable games, Game Masters showcases the work of more than 30 leading videogame designers.

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Christmas Crafternoon Bauble

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Christmas Crafternoon

6 Dec - 7 Dec 2014
12:00-16:00

Come and make a lovely festive decoration inspired by our collections at National Museum of Scotland.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal

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Maharaja Duleep Singh and Queen Victoria

6 Dec 2014
14:00-15:00

Explore Maharaja Duleep Singh's the unusual position as 'an adopted' member of the British Royal Family during Queen Victoria's reign.

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Christmas Crafternoon Bauble

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Christmas Crafternoon 2

13 Dec - 14 Dec 2014
12:00-16:00

Come and make a lovely festive decoration inspired by our collections at National Museum of Scotland.

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Rabchristmas

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Rab's Video Game Christmas Morning

13 Dec 2014
14:00-15:30

Reminisce with Rab Florence as he leads us on a nostalgic trip through our Christmas morning video game memories.

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Girl in Santa Hat

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Christmas Choirs

14 Dec 2014
13:00-16:00

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas concerts from local choirs at National Museum of Scotland.

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Weito

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Christmas Art Competition

27 Dec - 30 Dec 2014
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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Hogmanay1

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Hogmanay Family Ceilidh

31 Dec 2014
14:00-15:30

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

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National Museum of Scotland Tower Entrance

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay: Scot.Lands

1 Jan 2015
12:00-17:00

Artists and musicians welcome in the New Year at surprising and atmospheric venues in Edinburgh's Old Town and beyond.

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Science at National Museum of Scotland

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FameLab

17 Jan 2015
14:30-16:30

Learn Something Amazing in Just Three Minutes. Witness our finest Scottish science communicators as they battle it out to win a place at the FameLab UK National Final.

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Renaissance Games Board

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Playing the Past

26 Jan 2015
18:30-20:00

Explore game playing past and present at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Dance Central

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Museum Lates: Game Masters

13 Feb 2015
19:00-22:30

Save the date for the next of our signature Museum Lates events celebrating our Game Masters exhibition.

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