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
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16 Sep 2016 - 19 Feb 2017
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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Exhibition
Nordic Modernist Design

23 Sep 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Modernist design emerged in the early 20th century as a response to social and technological changes.
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Mini Makers: Teddy Bear Hospital

1 Oct 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
11:00-11:40, 14:00-14:40
THIS WEEKEND! Join us for the first weekend of every month for our new hands-on activity sessions for 3-5 year olds.
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Half life: The divided life of Bruno Maximovich Pontecorvo

19 Oct 2016
18:30 – 19:45
Join Frank Close, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford, to delve into the fascinating life of Bruno Pontecorvo, one of the 20th century’s leading experts in nuclear physics
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Exhibition
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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BUILD IT! A museum made from LEGO®

1 Jun - 1 Dec 2016
A beautiful three-metre LEGO® model of the National Museum of Scotland is now on display.
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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