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Wellbeing at the museum

Inspired by's five ways to wellbeing, we've compiled a list of ways that everyone can boost their mood using National Museums Scotland and our collections.


Get crafty and make a piece of art or something fun to give to a friend.

Give your time and use the museum to support vulnerable or elderly people through our digital resources. Perhaps reminisce over Zoom with our online photos — search our collections page with someone else and use it to stimulate conversation on shared interests.

Check out some charities who have active volunteer programmes. A good place to start is Volunteer Scotland.

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Make a recycled owl badge

We’ve teamed up with upcycling experts Ostrero and artist Bryony Knox to create a design for a cool owl badge – made from a fizzy drinks can! Try it out today.

Museum Maker: How to make an owl badge

Take Notice and Be Curious

Try some mindful colouring-in based on our collections.

This book was created by young people with the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service to support children with ADHD, supported by the Edinburgh Children’s Charity Foundation.

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Draw a King Penguin

Try some calming online sketching activities with artist Kayleigh McCallum. Draw a king penguin using this instructional video.

Museum Maker: How to draw a King Penguin

Keep Learning

Did you know learning is good for your wellbeing?

Visit our Watch and Listen page or check out our YouTube channel to watch films about our collections, including behind-the-scenes stories and curator tours.

Or Explore our Collections. Discover stories, activities, games and films that can be filtered by topic and type of media.

And follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for beautiful images of our amazing collections.

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Adult events

Check out our free online events for adults for in-depth, expert talks and events about our collections.


Be Active

Get outside for some fresh air and exercise, and go on a bug safari in your local park. Remember to social distance!

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Yoga inspired by our collections

Watch yoga instructor Tara from T-Yoga show you some simple yoga moves, inspired by our collections.

Museum Moves: Family Yoga


Connecting to other people has never been more important — or more challenging! Here are some ways you can connect to people and nature at our museums, in a socially distanced way of course.

Join us for our monthly online Museum Socials at Home, online sessions for people living with dementia and their family, friends and carers to learn about our fascinating collections.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to connect to the museum digitally. Join in with our #AskaCurator days or say hello to our Learning and Engagement team on Twitter at @NMSEngage

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