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: 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. A visit to our new ancient Egyptian gallery can be included in your itinerary for the day. Download the notes accompanying the box here. Printed copies of these will be provided on the table next to the objects during your session.


Due to the large numbers of pupils using the handling box, your class will be allocated a timeslot for lunch and visiting the ancient Egypt gallery. The slots available are:

 Class 1 10.15 arrival  10.30-11.30 handling box 11.30-12 lunch  12-1 gallery visit 
 Class 2 10.15 arrival  10.30-11.30 gallery visit   11.45-12.45 handling box 1-1.30 lunch 
 Class 3 11.15 arrival  11.30-12.30 gallery visit 12.30-1 lunch   1-2 gallery visit

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.

Download Hedjet's  Ancient Egyptian trail

Download Teachers' Notes

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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