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2016 Archive: National Museums Scotland 2017 Programme: Ancient Egypt, Early Scottish Silver and the Jacobites

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2017. The packed programme will explore a diverse range of themes from the story of the Jacobites to the secret world of primates, the mysteries of ancient Egyptian burial to Scotland’s early silver and the life-saving work of The HALO Trust.

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2016 Archive: Styling the Nation

The National Museum of Scotland will host a sensationally stylish weekend inspired by the Museum’s new Art and Design galleries. Celebrating design and creativity, Styling the Nation will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November.

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2016 Archive: Nordic Modernist Design

A remarkable collection of Modernist jewellery, glassware and ceramics will go on display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland this month, when Nordic Modernist Design opens on Friday 23 September.

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2016 Archive: Museum Sleepover: 150th Birthday Bash

The National Museum of Scotland is hosting a sleepover as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. Families will have a rare opportunity to spend the night in Scotland’s most popular museum on Saturday 15 October.

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2016 Archive: Monkey Business

The jungle is coming to the National Museum of Scotland this winter as primates swing from the branches, hang by their tails and screech from the canopy in Monkey Business from 9 December 2016.

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2016 Archive: National Museum of Scotland Celebrates Bumper Summer Visitor Numbers

Two months after ten major new galleries opened at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the iconic visitor attraction is celebrating bumper visitor numbers.

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2016 Archive: National Museum of Scotland Presents Biggest Ever Festival Programme

The return of the hugely popular Fringe extravaganza Museum After Hours, award-winning contemporary dance, a new partnership with the Gilded Balloon and live music inspired by National Museums Scotland’s five star summer exhibition Celts, all feature in the National Museum of Scotland’s largest ever Fringe programme.

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2016 Archive: 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on tour from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 16 September 2016.

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2016 Archive: National Museums Scotland Launches a New Online Game in Partnership with Aardman

National Museums Scotland has launched a new online game featuring a lovable new character created in partnership with Aardman. The game allows players to use real objects from the Museum’s biomedical collections to care for a digital creature known as “Gen”.

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Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I as Hanakawado Sukeroku, from the series Thirty-six Selected Floral Parallels (Tōsei mitate sanjūrokkasen)

2016 Archive: Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £950,000 for the National Museum of Scotland

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its initial support for the next phase of the Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland.

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2016 Archive: Stone Age Jade from the Alps

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will showcase National Museums Scotland’s rarely seen collection of Scottish Stone Age jade axeheads, alongside Tim Pomeroy’s contemporary sculpture, Axehead.

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2016 Archive: National Museum of Scotland Celebrates 150 Years

The National Museum of Scotland today marks its 150th anniversary, installing a significant item first enjoyed by visitors 150 years ago. The 16th century Italian dish was among the original objects that wowed Victorian visitors when the Museum first opened in 1866.

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2016 Archive: Red Arrows Headline Scotland’s National Airshow as Tickets Go on Sale

The Red Arrows will once again headline Scotland’s National Airshow on Saturday 23 July when the spectacular summer event takes to the skies at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

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2016 Archive: National Museums Scotland and PCS Union Resolve Industrial Dispute

National Museums Scotland and PCS Union are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement which will bring to an end the long running industrial dispute over payment of weekend allowances.

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2016 Archive: Life Support: Stories from the Royal Regiment of Scotland

A new exhibition, Life Support: Stories from The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will open at the National War Museum in Edinburgh, on Monday 25 April, to mark the Regiment’s first decade of operations.

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2016 Archive: New Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has appointed Dr Katie Stevenson as its new Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology.

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2016 Archive: Ready for take-off

Aircraft and objects from one of the best and most varied aviation collections in Europe will be unveiled on Good Friday 25 March when two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian open following a major redevelopment.

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2016 Archive: Reflecting Telescopes

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will reveal the work of pioneering Scots in the development of the reflective telescope, Reflecting Telescopes opens on Friday 25 March.

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2016 Archive: Museum Late: Celts

Idlewild will headline an evening of Celtic entertainment at Museum Late: Celts at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 May 2016.

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2016 Archive: National Museum of Scotland counts down to galleries opening

National Museums Scotland is counting down to the opening of ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday, 8 July 2016.

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2016 Archive: Build it!

The chance to help build a 1.5 metre LEGOⓇ brick model of one of the Lewis Chessmen and watch the construction of a 3.5 metre model of the National Museum of Scotland are two of the highlights of Build It! Adventures with LEGOⓇ Bricks, a series of events and activities taking place at the Museum from 29 January until 17 April.

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2016 Archive: Work Begins on Major Project to Improve Edinburgh’s Chambers Street

Work to transform the streetscape outside the National Museum of Scotland on Edinburgh’s Chambers Street will start on Sunday 10 January.

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2016 Archive: Celts

The first major British exhibition on the Celts for over 40 years will open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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2015 Archive: Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land

A collection of Scottish fossils which solve the mystery of how vertebrate life came to move from water to land will be displayed in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland entitled Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land.

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2015 Archive: National Museums Scotland 2016 Programme

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2016, including 10 new galleries, two aircraft hangars, Celts, fossils and some Monkey Business...

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2015 Archive: Christmas and New Year at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has revealed its Christmas and New Year events programme.

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2015 Archive: Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation

Karaoke, tattoos and magic will all be served up with a Victorian twist alongside a star musical line-up at Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 November 2015.

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2015 Archive: New to the National Collections

A fragment of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor, a robot butler from the 1980s and a rare piece of glass sculpture by Pablo Picasso are among the fascinating objects featured in this display opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 23 October.

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2015 Archive: Child’s Play

A talking doll from the 1890s from Thomas Edison, a toy nuclear power station from the 1960s and the 1990s Barbie-cam all feature in a new display, Child’s Play, opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 25 September.

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2015 Archive: “Britain’s greatest pilot” reunited with infamous aircraft 70 years after he flew it

Captain Eric Brown CBE – often referred to as Britain’s greatest ever pilot - was today reunited with the Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune.

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2015 Archive: The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today

The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today will celebrate the exceptional artistry and skill that make Britain a world leader in modern silver.

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2015 Archive: New recruit at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland is delighted to unveil its new Head of Development. Margaret Clift McNulty, who is currently Head of Fundraising at the country’s leading disability charity, will join the National Museums Scotland team from next month.

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2015 Archive: Museum to welcome equine giants

Dozens of Clydesdale horses will put their best hooves forward at the National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride this Sunday 19 July when they take part in the attraction’s annual Heavy Horse Show.

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2015 Archive: New £12 million building unveiled at National Museums Collection Centre

A new state-of-the art collections research, access and storage facility was unveiled today at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs.

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2015 Archive: I Love Museums

Wednesday 10 June sees the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums.

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2015 Archive: National Museums Scotland acquires Picasso's Capra

National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Picasso Glass Sculpture for New Art and Design Galleries

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2015 Archive: Copper accelerating cavity

National Museums Scotland Acquires CERN Component for New Science Galleries.

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2014 Archive: Museum Lates: Night of the Mammoths

The date of the next Museum Lates event at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced as Friday 28 February 2014.

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2014 Archive: Game Masters tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the hotly anticipated exhibition Game Masters, which opens on Friday 5 December at the National Museum of Scotland.

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2014 Archive: Wellcome Trust grant to create Scottish centre for scientific engagement

The Wellcome Trust has today announced significant funding towards the creation of six new galleries of Science and Technology at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Alivardi Khan, by a Murshidabad artist, ca. 1750.

2014 Archive: National Museums Scotland announces new exhibition, Indian Encounters

National Museums Scotland is proud to announce a new exhibition, Indian Encounters, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 14 November showcasing a newly commissioned painting Casualty of War, by renowned contemporary British artists The Singh Twins.

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2014 Archive: Heritage Lottery Fund grants £1.3m for National Museum of Flight redevelopment

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £1.3 million to help fund the transformation of two hangars at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune in East Lothian.

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2014 Archive: Exhibitions programme

Mammoths, Ming and First World War Centenary lead the 2014 exhibitions programme at National Museums Scotland.

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2014 Archive: Rare May Morris embroideries saved for the nation

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that a pair of rare embroidered hangings by the Arts and Crafts designer, May Morris has been saved for the nation.

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2014 Archive: Acquisition of rare cabinet painted by Whistler

National Museums Scotland has acquired a magnificent maple cabinet designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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2014 Archive: Heritage Lottery Fund grants £4.85 million

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £4.85 million to help fund the implementation of the next stage of the Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland.

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2013 Archive: National Museum of Costume to close

National Museums Scotland has today announced that the National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House, near New Abbey, Dumfries is to close.

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2013 Archive: Ilana Halperin: The Library

Contemporary artist Ilana Halperin creatively explores time through fossils, minerals and geological sculptures in The Library, opening on 24 May at the National Museum of Scotland.

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2013 Archive: Top 10 for National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is the first Scottish attraction to reach the Top 10 in the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) annual list. The Museum recorded a 29% increase to just under 1.9 million visitors during 2012.

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2013 Archive: 'Missing Chapter' Fossils

National Museums Scotland has acquired an unparalleled collection of Scottish fossils, dating from one of the planet’s most crucial evolutionary periods. The specimens have been secured for the nation thanks to a grant announced today by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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2013 Archive: Scotland Creates

Young people across Scotland are to curate their own exhibitions inspired by the collections of National Museums Scotland.

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2013 Archive: Mary, Queen of Scots

This summer National Museums Scotland presents a major exhibition on the life of Mary Stewart (1542-87), Queen of Scots.

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2013 Archive: Darnley Jewel loaned to National Museum of Scotland

One of the finest jewels in the Royal Collection is among the spectacular objects making their way to the National Museum of Scotland as the countdown begins to the opening of the major summer exhibition, Mary, Queen of Scots (28 June to 17 November 2013).

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2013 Archive: Robots descend on National Museum of Flight

Battling robots, a giant animatronic T rex dinosaur and one of the world’s most advanced robotic limbs are just some of the attractions on show at the National Museum of Flight’s Robots Live! event at East Fortune, East Lothian on Sunday 16 June 2013.

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2013 Archive: Heritage Lottery Fund backs National Museum of Flight redevelopment

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced its support for the next phase of a Development Plan to transform the National Museum of Flight, located at East Fortune in East Lothian, with the award of a *First Round pass for a grant of £1.3 million. The £3.6 million project will see National Museums Scotland restore two nationally significant Second World War hangars and create new exhibitions within them.

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2013 Archive: Mammoths of the Ice Age

National Museums Scotland will present a major exhibition in 2014 exploring the mysteries of the Ice Age and revealing what life was like for the iconic mammals of this era; the mammoth and the mastodon.

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2013 Archive: Rock the Lab

National Museums Scotland hits the road this summer to bring science to the music festival circuit. In partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival, it will tour its Rock the Lab science roadshow to festivals and local communities around the country, with hands-on science experiments and fun drop-in events.

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2013 Archive: Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland reveals the spectacular artwork and larger-than-life characters from a 19th century Japanese cultural phenomenon. Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints offers a unique chance to see the highlights of National Museums Scotland’s collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

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2013 Archive: Summer Festivities at the National Museum of Scotland

Museum After Hours, Free Fringe Music and much more...

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2013 Archive: National Museums Scotland acquires Cybraphon

National Museums Scotland has acquired Cybraphon, the moody, self-Googling, autonomous robot band in a box. It will be displayed in the Discoveries gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from 9 August 2013 and will feature as part of the programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

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2013 Archive: Giraffe Inspires New Catherine Rayner Book Abigail

The award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner’s latest book is inspired by the giraffe in the National Museum of Scotland’s Animal World gallery.

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2013 Archive: National Museum of Rural Life Set for Countryside Celebration

Visitors to the National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride will have the chance to experience a traditional countryside celebration on Sunday 1 September when the attraction hosts its annual Country Fair.

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2013 Archive: ScottishPower Foundation Get Energised with National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland and the ScottishPower Foundation have today announced a new partnership bringing a programme of exciting science and engineering activity to secondary school pupils across Scotland.

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2013 Archive: David Livingstone exhibition in Malawi

The life and achievements of David Livingstone are being marked in the African city named after his Scottish birthplace, in the continent where he made his name as an explorer. A new exhibition, Dr David Livingstone, opens at Chichiri Museum in Blantyre, Malawi on Tuesday 17 September.

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2013 Archive: Ming: The Golden Empire

The extraordinary story of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period marked by economic strength and a dramatic flourishing of the arts, will be told in a major exhibition showing at the National Museum of Scotland next summer, Ming: The Golden Empire.

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2013 Archive: First World War Centenary programme

National Museums Scotland has unveiled its programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

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