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.

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!

Your class will be sitting in rows, similar to a theatre, for this event. Please let us know on the day if you have any children that you'd like to sit at the end of a row.


The event runs 10.30-11.30am. We ask that you arrive at the museum by 10.15am at the latest as seating will begin at 10.20am. We may have to start the event without your class if you are running late.

Due to the large numbers of pupils taking part in these events, your class will be allocated a timeslot for lunch and visiting the ancient Egypt gallery. The slots available are:

11.30-12 lunch, 12-1 ancient Egypt gallery visit

12.00– 2.30 lunch, 12.30-1.30 ancient Egypt gallery visit

11.30-12.30 ancient Egypt gallery visit, 12.30-1 lunch

Important information

Our Ancient Egypt gallery is currently closed as part of a major refurbishment project. The new gallery opens on 8 February 2019.

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery

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.

Follow up activities

Play our Ancient Egyptian games.

Curriculum links






As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.

LIT 0-02a / ENG 0-03a

When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a



As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.

LIT 0-10a


I can communicate clearly when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, using selected resources3 as required.

LIT 1-10a


Social studies

I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me.

SOC 0-04a

I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting.

SOC 1-04a




By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things.

SOC 1-13b


 Expressive Arts

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama.

EXA 0-13a / EXA 1-13a


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