We have a range of resources and support for teachers looking to visit our museums or use our collections in their classrooms. Our CPD sessions offer hands-on learning and networking opportunities, whilst our downloadable resources can be used before, after or during a visit.

We’d love to hear from you about other resources or sessions that you’d like to see us offer. Please get in touch schools@nms.ac.uk or phone 0131 247 4041.

CPD sessions

Do you want to enhance your own learning and make the most of your class visit? Our varied continuing professional development (CPD) programme may be just what you need!

Get to know our collections and plan ahead for your class visit by booking one of our CPD events. Alternatively, contact us to arrange a pre-visit by telephone on 0131 247 4041 or email schools@nms.ac.uk.

Physics Teachers’ Discussion Session

Tuesday 10 April
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tell us about how you’d like to see our sessions and resources on physics develop in the future in this open discussion session with staff. Refreshments provided, plus gift from museum shop, classroom resources goody bag, and travel costs covered. To book to attend, contact schools@nms.ac.uk

We’re also looking for physics teachers to complete an online questionnaire to assist us with developing our programmes at National Museums Scotland. We’re specifically looking at our physics-related content and programmes, but happy for biology/chemistry teachers to complete it if they cover physics topics with BGE pupils. There’s a chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers.

If you can't make it along, you can still take part in our consultation by completing one of the surveys below:

Physics teachers questionnaire - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NMS-ScienceTeachersQQ2018

Schools management questionnaire - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NMS-SeniorteamQQ-2018

Wider STEM organisations/professionals questionnaire - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NMS-STEMOrgsQQ-2018

Adult Talks Programme for Secondary Teachers and Pupils

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for teachers or senior secondary pupils on our adult talks programme. Details of the latest tickets available will appear below.

If you would like to book free places at these events below, please email schools@nms.ac.uk.

Senior pupils can attend with a teacher or by themselves if they are over the age of 16. Tickets must be reserved by teaching staff in advance of the event for the free rate to apply.

Loan boxes

As part of our outreach programme, we have developed loan boxes which are available for schools and community groups to borrow. Our  loan boxes include Ancient Egypt, Africa, Animals and The Rainforest. All boxes are FREE to borrow for a period of two weeks or one term. Find out more details or to book visit our loan boxes page.

Resources to support your visit

We have a range of resources which you can use to support your visit to our venues.

National Museum of Scotland

If you’ve booked a workshop with us, you can also find a range of related resources on our workshop outlines pages.

National Museum of Flight

We have a wide range of resources, on topics from Concorde to air raids, and you can find them here.

National Museum of Rural Life

You and download our Garden Detectives Pack here.

National War Museum

You can download our 1940s Wartime Life Resource here.

When you book a visit with us, you will also be given details of any additional resources we may have available for you to use on the day, such as trail sheets. Please ask when booking if you have a particular topic you’d like to study.

Online resources to use in class

We have a range of resources and interactive games on topics such as the Romans, Egyptians, Vikings and Dinosaurs available on our website. We also have a range of things to make, including animal masks and colouring-in sheets.

Online collections

You can also use objects from our collections to inspire learning in your classroom.

Object search

You can search our collections for objects relating to your topic or local area by using a simple search of our database. You can also explore our collections through the different areas we cover.


Scran is a learning resource with over 390,000 records bursting with imagery & information from many museums, galleries and archives. It offers free to access for all Scottish state schools. To see National Museums Scotland’s collections on Scran, choose the advanced search option and NMS as the 'contributor'. You will be able to explore nearly 20,000 of our amazing objects & artefacts digitally.  

Teaching history with 100 objects

The British Museum’s project to cover the English history curriculum in 100 objects will contain four from National Museums Scotland. Although it is aimed at schools in England, the topics are relevant for areas such as Vikings and Romans, and the objects span prehistoric to current day. Access Teaching history with 100 objects here. 

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