Three new galleries complete the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland. These galleries are dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics and schools can visit them from Friday 8 February 2019. Bookings are now open.

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered covers 3,000 years of history, highlighting the stories of individuals to engage visitors with this remarkable civilisation. Objects on display include the only intact royal burial group outside of Egypt, the only double coffin ever discovered in Egypt and a cosmetics box which is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt. The gallery will also chart the remarkable contribution made by Scots to the development of Egyptology.

Schools visiting the gallery can use our self-led trail sheet to discover more which will be led by our new character, Hedjet the Hippo. Available from February 2019.

Ancient Egypt gallery visit

Classes: All 
Cost: Free of charge, advance booking required
Length of session: 10:30/11:30/12:30 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your session)
Dates available: From 8 February 2019
Booking: Via the booking request form

Visit our new ancient Egypt gallery to find out more about a range of fascinating objects. Highlights include the Qurna burial, the only intact royal burial group outside of Egypt, a gold ring said to have belonged to Queen Nefertiti and a unique double coffin of two half-brothers, Petamun and Penhorpabik. You can use our new self-led trail sheet, available from February 2019.

We expect the gallery to be busy and are asking school groups to book in advance so we can limit numbers in the gallery at one time. If you are visiting the museum for another topic, but would also like to visit the gallery, we ask you split into smaller groups in order to do so.

An Egyptian Adventure

Classes: P1–3
Cost: £75
Length of workshop: 10:30/12:30 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: From 8 February 2019
Booking: Via the booking request form

Hedjet the Hippo will lead your pupils on an adventure to the coronation of a new pharaoh. Pupils will become part of the story by seeing, smelling and handling a range of objects from the marketplace, a temple and the River Nile, to find out more about daily life in ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt Handling Box

Classes: P1–S6
Cost: £25 for 1 class, £50 for 2 or more classes
Length of workshop: 10:30/11:45/13:00 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: 2, 9, 16, 30 May, 5, 6, 12, 13 June
Booking: Via the booking request form

A unique experience for your class to handle real ancient Egyptian objects, alongside replicas to bring to life the smells, sights and sounds of daily life. This session is introduced by a Museum Enabler, then involves teachers and adult helpers leading the hands-on learning.

Museum Stories: Ancient Egypt

Classes:  P3–P5
Cost: £3 per pupil (accompanying adults are free of charge)
Length of workshop: 10:30 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 25 March, Tue 14 May 2019 (FULLY BOOKED) - Two new dates added, Mon 1 April, Mon 3 June 2019
Booking: Via the booking request form

Our new ancient Egypt gallery contains amazing objects that have never been seen by visitors before. Who did they belong to? What can they tell us about the ancient Egyptians? Find out more as your class meet the experts working behind the scenes at the museum in this event in our Auditorium. Classes will also compete against each other and museum staff in our ancient Egyptian gameshow to win some fun prizes!

Exploring East Asia

Exploring East Asia will celebrate the dynamic cultures of China, Japan and Korea, showcasing their diverse traditions, peoples and histories. National Museums Scotland’s East Asia collections are among the most important in the UK and represent over 150 years of continuous collecting. The gallery will highlight the range of exquisite art and craftsmanship from the region with objects such as a headdress from 18th-century China, made from kingfisher feathers, Japanese woodblock prints and remarkable sets of armour.

Mandarin Resource

During 2018-19 we will be working with teachers, pupils and partner organisations to develop a Mandarin language resource, based on our new Exploring East Asia gallery. If you would like to be involved in its development, please email schools@nms.ac.uk

Art of Ceramics

Art of Ceramics unites themes from across National Museums Scotland’s collections. Ceramics are an extraordinarily versatile medium in art and science and the gallery celebrates the creativity and diversity reflected in ceramic pieces from across the world and across a broad time period, from the 11th to 21st centuries. It explores some of the less familiar aspects of the story of ceramics, such as their importance in international trade and use in scientific and technological applications from 19th-century false teeth to heat-protective coatings for rockets or high-tech brakes in motorsport.

Materials Handling Box

Level: S4-6
Cost: £25 for 1 class, £50 for 2 or more classes
Length of session: 60 minutes
Pupil numbers: Up to 33 pupils
Date: 8 February 2019
Booking: Via the booking request form

This new teacher-led handling box will allow pupils to discover more about Material Science through hands-on and gallery-based activities which explore both familiar and unusual objects from across the museum.

  • Explore a range of traditional and non-traditional materials used in a selection of museum objects and examine how their individual properties have made them uniquely suited to their purpose.
  • Compare the design of everyday objects to discover how social, environmental and technological changes have influenced their development.
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