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Spotlight On: Audubon’s Birds of America

8 Mar 2022

Auditorium, Level 1

Free, advance booking required

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Join exhibition Curator Mark Glancy and Paper Conservator Lisa Cumming as they discuss how our upcoming exhibition Audubon’s Birds of America took flight.

Discover how Birds of America, one of the world’s rarest and most coveted books, was made, and learn about the ongoing conservation work to preserve these life-size, hand-coloured prints for future generations. 

Exhibition Curator Mark Glancy will discuss the journey of bringing the stories behind the Birds of America publication to life, through objects and interviews with conservationists and historians.

Paper Conservator Lisa Cumming will explore the highlights and challenges of conserving 44 of these dramatic artworks.

This is an in-person event for those aged 12 and over.

Find out more about the event and how to attend:

Visiting safely

A range of safety measures have been put in place for this event in line with Scottish Government guidelines. This includes pre-booked tickets, face coverings, enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising stations. Audience seating in the auditorium will not be physically distanced. Speakers will not wear masks during the event, but they will be physically distanced from the audience and each other.

During your visit, we ask you to:

• Use the hand sanitiser provided.
• Wash your hands often.
• Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 12 in our indoor spaces.
• Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

When you book we will also collect your name, contact number and the date and time of your visit to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and we may share this information with the service up to 21 days following your visit. For more information please see our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice.


Following the presentation, there will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

To make the process as easy as possible we are asking that questions be submitted digitally via smartphone. Full details on how to submit questions will be explained on the day. Questions can also be submitted in advance by e-mailing

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrances on Chambers Street.

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. 

  • The Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge is an accessible entrance for visitors who have additional mobility requirements.
  • 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.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Find out more about our access information.

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The personal data you provide to us on our event booking form is collected so that we can administer the event efficiently and, if necessary, contact you with important updates about the event and a post event survey. We use an external website, Eventbrite, for event bookings. To make a booking to attend an NMS event, you will be asked to register with your name and email address through the Eventbrite website. Read the Eventbrite privacy notice.

For more detailed information on how we manage your personal data please see our full privacy notice.

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