World Cultures From canoes, clothing and contemporary artworks to jewellery, toys and ship-wrecked treasure, items that span both the globe and the centuries are displayed across our eight World Cultures galleries. Showcasing some of the museum’s oldest and most important historical collections, these galleries demonstrate Scotland's international links, while ancient artefacts and striking new acquisitions explore how traditional ways of life have adapted and developed in the modern world. Artistic Legacies Art has always captured and conveyed human spirit, culture and imagination. The Artistic Legacies gallery illuminates the relationship between artistic traditions and the work of contemporary artists. Facing the Sea Facing the Sea is the only gallery in the UK dedicated to the cultures of the South Pacific. In this gallery you can discover the phenomenal diversity of the peoples living in the Pacific, their island culture and relationship with the sea. Imagine Aimed at families with children under eight, Imagine gives our family visitors a very special experience in the museum, allowing them to spend time together exploring and creating stories, art and music, all inspired by real objects from around the world. Inspired by Nature This gallery examines the ways in which humanity has engaged emotionally, spiritually, religiously and culturally with nature through art. Objects on display range from large scale to tiny, ancient to contemporary. Living Lands From the North American Arctic to the deserts of Australia, the peoples in this gallery lead contemporary lives, but their traditional values are based on a deep connection to the land – lands mapped, known and even created by their ancestors. Looking East From tiny netsuke to a suit of Samurai armour, superb ceramics to sculpture, exquisite snuff bottles to burial goods, the Looking East gallery displays highlights from National Museums Scotland's rich and diverse collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean material. Patterns of Life Drawing on our collections from Africa, the America, Asia and the Middle East, Patterns of Life exhibits objects across the cultures from these regions used every day or on special occasions. Visiting this gallery you will be able to share similarities and differences in people’s lives around the world. Performance and Lives Music, sound and performance are important to people’s lives all over the world. Through costumes, masks and instruments, this gallery explores how sounds and rhythm are at the centre of ceremonies and performances, from community festivals to sacred rituals.