Here you'll find past National Museum Scotland press releases.

2018 press releases.

Here you'll find our press releases from 2018.

Major exhibition of Early Scottish Silver to tour Scotland

Wednesday 7 February, 2018

A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.

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National Museum of Scotland Goes Live with Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience

Tuesday 13 April, 2018

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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Poppy exhibition to mark centenary of the end of the First World War

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

The centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked by an exhibition at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle on the history and significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

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Art of Glass

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the diverse work of 15 established and emerging glass artists in Britain today.

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National Museums Scotland acquires a Red Arrows Hawk for the National Museum of Flight

Wednesday 25 April, 2018

National Museums Scotland has acquired a British Aerospace Hawk T1A which was flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

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National Museums Scotland acquires rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh wash stand for 150th anniversary

Thursday 7 June, 2018

National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare and important wash stand by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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First Major Exhibition on Scottish Pop Music Opens in Edinburgh

Thursday 21 June, 2018

This summer the National Museum of Scotland presents Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music, exploring the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century, from influential indie pioneers to global superstars.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe is Back at the National Museum of Scotland

Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Three fun-filled Friday nights of Fringe entertainment, the return of Gilded Balloon at the Museum, daily live pop-up music performances and this summer’s major music exhibition Rip it Up will feature in a lively, packed programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe events at the National Museum of Scotland.

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New to the National Collection

Thursday 9 August 2018

A killer whale skull from the only resident killer whale pod in the UK, one of just two known silver tea kettles to be made by Ebenezer Oliphant, one of the most accomplished goldsmiths of the 18th century and a unique selection of Japanese ceramics are among the fascinating objects featured in New to the National Collection, a display opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 17 August.

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Fossil Discovery Sheds New Light on Early Turtle Evolution

Wednesday 22 August 2018

A fossilised turtle found in China is helping scientists to fill a key gap in their understanding of the evolution of the species. At 228 million years old, the fossil shows the early stages of the development of this group. The discovery is detailed in a new paper published in Nature.

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National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council announce partnership agreement

Friday 7 September 2018

National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council have agreed the terms of a 25-year Partnership Agreement which will enable the organisations to work together across a number of areas, including future displays of the Galloway Hoard at the newly opened Kirkcudbright Galleries.

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Further Rip It Up events unveiled

Monday 10 September, 2018

A further series of events to mark the exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced.

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Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers showcases an extraordinary collection of Scottish needlework from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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National Museum of Scotland Realises 15 year, £80 million Transformation in Spring 2019

Thursday 24 October, 2018

This Spring, National Museums Scotland will reveal the culmination of its 15-year, £80 million transformation of the National Museum of Scotland. The fourth and final phase of the project will see the launch of three new galleries: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

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Scottish Samplers to go on show

Thursday 25 October, 2018

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers showcases an extraordinary collection of Scottish needlework from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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100 days countdown to opening of new galleries at National Museum of Scotland

Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Today marks 100 days to go until the opening of three new permanent galleries at the National Museum of Scotland: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

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Landmark year ahead for National Museums Scotland as it completes the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland

Friday 16 November, 2018

A landmark year lies ahead for National Museums Scotland with the completion of the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland’s iconic Victorian building in Edinburgh and a diverse and world-class programme of exhibitions.

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National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie Commission Major Silver Artwork

Tuesday 4 December 2018

National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland.

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National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Clock from Pioneering Attempt to Determine Longitude at Sea

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

National Museums Scotland has acquired a historic Bruce-Oosterwijck longitude pendulum sea clock, which played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that had made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

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Scottish Government Funds Scottish Tour of the Galloway Hoard

Wednesday 19 December, 2018

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

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