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

2019 press releases.

Here you'll find our press releases from 2019.

National Museum of Scotland to host first UK showing of exhibition on Tyrannosaurs

Friday 11 January 2019

The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs will come to Edinburgh next year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on 24 January 2020. Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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National Museum of Scotland unveils final phase of dramatic £80 million transformation

Thursday 6 February, 2019

Three new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland open to the public on 8 February. These complete the 15-year, £80 million redevelopment which has created one of the world’s finest museums, presenting the wonders of nature, art and culture and the excitement of science and discovery, all under one roof.

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The Art of African Metalwork

Monday 18 February, 2019

The Art of African Metalwork, a new display exploring how brass and copper were used as objects of exchange, status and power in Africa will open on Friday 22 February at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

Tuesday 26 February, 2019

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

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Conscience Matters

Friday 8 March, 2019

A new exhibition, Conscience Matters, will open at the National War Museum in Edinburgh on Friday 8 March, exploring the little-known story of British conscientious objectors of the Second World War. The exhibition explores some of the reasons people refused to take up arms during war and how such refusals are perceived by society.

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First public display of Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait

Wednesday 24 April, 2019

A portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart will go on general public display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland from 25 April 2019. This is a rare opportunity to see the portrait on public display for a short period of time.

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P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission awarded to two artists for the first time

Thursday 2 May, 2019

National Museums Scotland is pleased to announce this year’s recipients for the P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission, an exciting opportunity that supports recently graduated and early career silversmiths in the creation of a major piece of silver that will go on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

Wednesday 8 May, 2019

An exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

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Treasures from the Hoard

Thursday 9 May, 2019

A stunning new exhibition at the John Gray Centre, Haddington, will open on Saturday 11 May featuring many of the iconic pieces from the spectacular Traprain Treasure, found on Traprain Law 100 years ago.

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Hunting Rifle given by Queen Victoria to loyal Highland Servant John Brown to go on Display

Friday 10 May, 2019

A hunting rifle gifted by Queen Victoria to her loyal servant John Brown has been acquired by National Museums Scotland. The rifle will go on public display for the first time in a major exhibition this summer, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

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National Museums Scotland partners with Skye College on Gaelic content for major exhibition

Thursday 23 May, 2019

National Museums Scotland has partnered with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on Skye, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), on the production of content for the major summer exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

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Secrets of ancient Egyptian statue revealed at Montrose Museum

Tuesday 4 June, 2019

The subject of an important ancient Egyptian statue held in the collections of Montrose Museum has been identified thanks to a National Museums Scotland review of ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections held in local museums.

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All eyes on a new worm species

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

There’s a worm at the bottom of the sea. But this isn’t an ordinary worm – the newcomer has a unique anatomy with its eyes in its head and in its bottom.

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Major exhibition to explore the Romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands, from Culloden to Balmoral

Tuesday 25 June, 2019

A major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland this summer will tell the fascinating story of how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became established as enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity and how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history.

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Century-old letter from record-breaking airship journey goes on display at National Museum of Flight

Monday 1 July, 2019

A letter written 100 years ago and dropped over Nova Scotia from the R.34 airship during its record-breaking double transatlantic crossing will go on display at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian on Tuesday 2 July, the centenary of the R.34’s departure from its East Fortune base.

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Declaration of Arbroath to go on public display for the first time in 15 years at the National Museum of Scotland

Thursday 11 July, 2019

National Museums Scotland and National Records of Scotland have today announced that the Declaration of Arbroath will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland next year to mark 700 years since its creation.

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Dr Gordon Rintoul to step down as Director, National Museums Scotland

Thursday 8 August, 2019

Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director, National Museums Scotland has announced that he will be stepping down in March 2020 after 18 years in the role.

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Parasites: Battle for Survival
Parasites: Battle for Survival

Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 19 April 2020

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will explore Scotland’s role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them.

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Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba a’ com-pàirteachadh le Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air Prìomh Thaisbeanadh Ùr

Monday 2 September, 2019

Tha Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a’ Cholaiste Ghàidhliganns an Eilean Sgitheanach a tha na com-pàirtiche ann an Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd is nan Eilean, air co-obrachadh a thoirt gu buil air susbaint an taisbeanaidh shamhraidh, Fiadhaich Glòrmhor: Seallaidhean Romansach de dh’Alba

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A Wild and Majestic Night at the Museum with Scottish Opera

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Burns and Beethoven will collide in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland on World Opera Day.

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Research reveals secret of who owned the Galloway Hoard

Wednesday 2 October, 2019

First research into the Galloway Hoard has uncovered the name of one of the famous treasure’s original owners.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Chinese Oracle Bones – a new display of animal bones once used to explore the unknown, now studied to unlock the mysteries of the past – opens on Friday 25 October at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Tyrannosaurs coming to Edinburgh

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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National Museums Scotland Launches a Fashionable 2020 Programme

Wednesday 4 December, 2019

National Museums Scotland’s 2020 exhibition programme includes fearsome predators, iconic fashions and archaeological mysteries in highlight exhibitions Tyrannosaurs, Little Black Dress and The Galloway Hoard.

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New Director for National Museums Scotland

Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Professor Christopher Breward has been appointed as Director of National Museums Scotland, succeeding Dr Gordon Rintoul who will step down in March 2020. He will take up the post in April 2020.

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