Coming soon Event National Museum of Scotland

Science Saturday

23 Nov 2019

Grand Gallery

Free, drop-in

Tick tock! The countdown to our Clocks and Time Science Saturday is on!


All activities are free.

Booking information

Limited numbers and age guidance may apply.

Clock specialists

Meet our curators to discover how many of our objects and specimens are linked to time.

Hear from Darren Cox- clock expert and ‘Repair Man’. Darren looks after some of the museum’s own clocks to keep them in good working order.

Sundials and telescopes

Make your own sundial or constellation telescope in our drop-in family workshops.

Planetarium shows

Look back in time with two Planetarium shows:

  • Two Small Pieces of Glass tells the history of telescopes from Galileo to now – and shows how you are looking back in time when you look at the night sky.
  • Follow the story of Artemis the Moon Goddess and Orion the Hunter to discover how Greeks and Romans used the constellations to tell the time and the changing of the sessions.

Planetarium shows from 12:00 - 15:30, bookable on the day. 

Our Science Saturday also features  a special  exhibition tour and an In Conversation

The Luxury of Time: guided tour 

Book Guided Tour

10:30 - 11:15, free, age 14+.

Dr John C Taylor OBE leads a tour of The Luxury of time - a display of 17th-century clocks and timepieces from Dr Taylor’s personal collection. An opportunity to gain an insight into Dr Taylor’s fascination with clocks and clockmaking technologies.

In Conversation: A passion for invention

Book In Conversation

14:30 -15:30, free, age 14+.

What inspires a new invention? How do scientists, engineers or designers take an initial idea to a finished product?  Does the process of invention ever end?   Dr Louise Horsfall, Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh and Dr John C Taylor, one of Britain’s most prolific and successful inventors come together to explore the creativity, problem solving  and sheer hard work that goes into the development of any new technology. Chaired by Dr Alison Morrison Low President of the Royal Scottish Society for the Arts (RSSA).

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.
  • Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Find out more about our access information.


If you have any access requirements, please contact


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Header image: Silver and gilt oval watch by David Ramsay, London c.1620. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

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The Luxury of Time: Clocks from 1550-1750

A special display of rare and significant historical timepieces telling the story of a golden age of innovation in British watch and clockmaking.

The Luxury of Time: In Conversation

Join us for expert insight into The Luxury of Time with a Guided Tour and a wider In Conversation about inventions and inventors

David Ramsay, the King's Chief Clockmaker

Curator Dr Tacye Phillipson and Dr John C Taylor OBE explore the story of David Ramsay of Scotland, (royal clockmaker to James VI & I) and clockmaking from 1550–1750.
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