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.

Secondary Teachers Consultation: Maths Resources

Friday 18 January 2019
National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Maths Week Scotland are creating resources for secondary school groups. We're looking for teachers to give us their input into what information, and kinds of resources, would be most useful for you and your students for a 'Maths Day Out'. The focus of the session will be maths, but we are keen to highlight cross-curricular learning including STEM, geography, creative subjects and careers pathways. Therefore we would welcome input from teachers across a range of subjects, including maths.

This event is open to secondary teachers in Scotland. Refreshments provided. Book your place here.

Robots Exhibition: Teachers' Private View

Monday 21 January 2019
National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human. Featuring more than 100 objects – from automatons to science fiction film stars and the creations of modern research labs – this is your chance to see the most significant collection of humanoid robots ever assembled.

In this session you can:

  • Hear from Dr Tacye Phillipson, our senior curator of science, about the exhibition and the interesting stories behind our robots
  • Try out some new educational tools to let you study at robots in the classroom
  • Have an unique experience by visiting the museum and the exhibition after hours

Refreshments provided. Spaces are limited and we do expect this event to be fully booked.

Book your place here.

Parasites Exhibition – Teachers’ Consultation event

Tuesday 12 March 2019
National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Between Dec 2019-April 2020, the exhibition Parasites: Battle for Survival will be open at the National Museum of Scotland. The exhibition will explore the fight to eradicate five neglected tropical diseases and the role of research taking place in Scotland to do this. It is aimed at secondary school pupils and two schools have been involved in its development. We’d like to invite Secondary teachers along to this session where we’ll share information about the exhibition’s content and ask for your ideas on programming you’d like to see alongside it. The focus of the session will be biology, but we are keen to highlight cross-curricular learning including STEM, modern languages (Spanish), geography, modern studies and careers pathways. Therefore we would welcome input from teachers across a range of subjects, including biology.

This event is open to secondary teachers in Scotland. Refreshments provided. Book your place here.

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.

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, which you can find 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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