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Edinburgh Science Festival featuring Pale Blue Dot

26 Jun - 11 Jul 2021

Free with pre-booked museum entry

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National Museum of Scotland is proud to be hosting Edinburgh Science Festival’s brand-new exhibition, Pale Blue Dot, created to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020–21.

Pale Blue Dot

Delve deep into our seas and oceans in a multi-sensory exploration of everything marine in our Grand Gallery and Hawthornden Court. Taking you through every layer of the ocean, Pale Blue Dot explores the vastness, majesty and mystery of our seas. From curious species to intriguing research, find out what makes the marine landscape so special and how we can protect one of the most precious habitats on Earth.

Please note, to comply with social distancing requirements, you may need to queue to experience elements of the exhibition or move on other areas of the museum if all queuing spots are full.

Marco Barotti – Clams

Scotland's Precious Seas

Also just off the Grand Gallery, visit our Scotland’s Precious Seas display to learn about Scotland’s diverse seas and the many threats facing our marine life. National Museums Scotland’s collections contains over 4 million marine invertebrates and 120,000 marine vertebrates. The objects on show demonstrate how these vast collections help us monitor the changing life in our waters and the impacts of human activity. 

Biobank research and insects

We will also be presenting a live online talk, CryoArks: Animal biobanking for research and conservation, on Wed 7 July, whilst on Sun 27 June our Assistant Curator of Entomology Ashleigh Whiffin will be joining a panel of experts in Insectageddon: Is Global Insect Extinction Real? 

Flying into the Future

At the National Museum of Flight we will be launching our new family-friendly trail, Flying into the Future, guiding you round the museum to discover how engineers are working to make air travel less damaging to the environment. 

Edinburgh Science Festival will also be presenting a huge programme of science talks, workshops and activities, both online and live outdoors, across the two weeks. For a full programme visit the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Pale Blue Dot entry

Entry to Pale Blue Dot is free with pre-booked museum entry. Please note that physical distancing measures mean that numbers in each gallery space are limited. 


There will be a queuing system in place for each display and the Edinburgh Science Festival team will ensure that as many people as possible are able to safely experience Pale Blue Dot each day. 


Thank you for your understanding as we work together to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. 

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.


Find out more about our access information.

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