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Edinburgh Castle, EH1 2NG
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Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.
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Pupils (P4-P7) meet a Jacobite officer to discover more about the 1745 Rising in this session.
The day for P3-5 pupils includes a Viking show, by actors, in our Auditorium, a gallery visit with trail and object handling encounters, led by museum staff.
Hedjet the Hippo will lead P1–3 pupils on an adventure to the coronation of a new pharaoh.
In February 2019, a new gallery opened at the National Museum of Scotland, dedicated to ancient Egypt. Explore the gallery using Hedjet the Hippo's Ancient Egyptian Adventure trail sheet.
Classes can discover more about life and death in ancient Egypt by booking our handling box. The box is split into four themes: Life, Mummification, Afterlife and Egyptology.
Explore five large packages containing real fossils, images and replicas. P2-4 pupils will work in groups to discover which dinosaur each belongs to, before revealing their findings to the class.
Climb aboard our Magic Carpet to discover more about dinosaurs through songs, stories and a chance to handle real objects.
You can book to visit the museum free of charge with your classes. The natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art and fashion, archaeology and Scottish history – whatever your topic, come on a visit to find out more!
Become mini-engineers in this hands-on workshop for Early Years.
Take part in this fun, interactive event with author Mike Nicholson as part of Book Week Scotland.
Join our museum curators to find out more about their jobs, what they enjoyed when they were children, and to hear some fascinating facts about ancient Egypt.
Visit this interactive STEM exhibition with your class to discover more about fight to eradicate five neglected tropical diseases.
Our workshop on the Vikings in Scotland gives P3-7 pupils a chance to handle objects and try out some Viking activities.
Find out about the different types of renewable energy sources used in Scotland in this hands-on STEM session for P5–7 pupils.
Our handling boxes contain artefacts and natural world specimens for pupils from nursery age to S6 to touch and investigate.
P3-7 pupils can discover what life was like for the Romans in Scotland.
The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs is coming to the National Museum of Scotland!
P4-7 pupils take on roles as politicians, scientists and community members who have to work cooperatively to decide what action they will take to survive as a volcano threatens to erupt.
This exhibition showcases the development of romantic visions of Scotland and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.
Header image © Ruth Armstrong.