National Museum of Scotland

Our diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof.

Exhibition
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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Summer Holiday Activities 2016

4 Jul - 7 Aug 2016
12:00-16:00
Join us this summer to investigate our new Science and Technology and Art, Design and Fashion galleries, step back in time and get hands-on and crafty Celts.
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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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Gilded Balloon at the Museum

3 Aug - 29 Aug 2016
Various times
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Exhibition
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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Exhibition
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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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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Museum information

Opening times

Daily: 10:00-17:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00
New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00

 

Admission

Free, donations welcome

How to find us

Chambers Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1JF
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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New galleries now open

Ten new galleries are now open at the National Museum of Scotland. Find out more