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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In the 2017 Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Edinburgh International Science Festival invites you to get science, to one another and to the global community, as we attempt to secure the sustainable future we want to inhabit.

This April, we're inviting you to explore Play On exhibition in the Grand Gallery and discover the impact of digital technology on how we play.  You can also get hands-on with interactive workshops in the Learning Centre or find out more about our closest living relatives in our Monkey Business exhibition and events.

Science Festival for adults

Don't miss the exciting programme of discussions and debates.  From dinosaurs to gravitational waves, birth cohort studies and A1 powered healthcare, there's a huge range of issues to explore.  There's also a chance for you to Party On and Play On in a very special adults-only night.

Museum-led events include: 

Monkey Business
Behind the Scenes of The Tomb
Chimps on Trial
Lothian Birth Cohort
Party On

Science Festival for families

Discover science with real scientists from the University of Edinburgh. Visit the Learning Centre and Hawthornden Court for family-friendly drop-in activities, bookable workshops and shows and take a trip to National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield for Flying for Fun.

Museum-led events include:

Monkey Business
Primate Playground
My Monkey and Me
Spark Cart Science
Superhero Science Show
Flying for Fun

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Science Festival events

Explore our programme of events for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Flying for Fun

Set imaginations soaring with two weeks of flight-tastic activities from kites to virtual reality at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.

Monkey Business

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


1 Apr - 16 Apr 2017


National Museum of Scotland, EH1 1JF

How much

Pricing dependent on specific event.

Booking information

Drop-in and bookable workshops and shows.

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