National Museum of Scotland

Embroidered Stories
Scottish Samplers

26 Oct 2018 - 21 Apr 2019
Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.

National War Museum

The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance

30 Mar 2018 - 27 Jan 2019
This exhibition at the National War Museum examines the history of the poppy and its emergence as a symbol of remembrance.

National Museum of Scotland

Science Saturday

19 Jan 2019
Join us for a monthly celebration of all things scientific at our Science Saturdays - there's something for all ages.
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  • Willow Harvest

    Join us at the National Museum of Rural Life for our annual Willow Harvest.
  • Donate to our Transformation Appeal

    Donate now to close the final chapter of the National Museum of Scotland’s transformation and help open our new galleries in 2019.
  • Reach for the Skies

    Holiday fun for active adventurers during February half term at National Museum of Flight.
  • New to the National Collections

    See new acquisitions from across the museum’s collections, from the skull of a killer whale to cutting-edge ceramic design and beautiful 19th and 20th century Japanese ceramics.
  • Search the collections

    Our online database contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections.
  • New Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

    Three new galleries complete the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Schools programme

    Welcome to a world of learning with National Museums Scotland. Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of our collections.
  • Scottish Government Funds Scottish Tour of the Galloway Hoard

    The Scottish Government has announced funding to enable National Museums Scotland to tour an exhibition of the Galloway Hoard to museums across Scotland.
  • Explore our collections

    Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
  • National projects

    We are always working with other Scottish museums on partnership projects that can raise the profile of long-term preservation and engagement with collections nationally.
  • Become a Member

    Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £41.
  • Venue hire

    National Museums Scotland offers a collection of spectacular venues to suit every occasion. For intimate dinners for 12 guests to grand celebrations for 1,500, each unique and versatile setting ensures and an unforgettable event.
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