Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

Scotland’s Precious Seas

19 Aug 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1


To celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters, this small exhibition explores Scotland’s diverse sea life and the many threats facing our marine life. Find out about the scientific research measuring the impact of our activities on the marine environment and how global climate change is affecting the wildlife in our waters.

Scotland’s coast stretches for 18,672 km and Scotland’s seas cover 462,263 km2, more than six times its land area. From its shores the seabed plunges from shallow seas less than 20 metres deep to more than two kilometres deep, where seamounts dwarf Scotland’s highest mountains. Scotland’s coasts and seas brim with life. More than 46,500 species are known, and more are discovered all the time. 

Lion's mane jellyfish, St Kilda © George Stoyle, Scottish Natural Heritage

Serpulid reef, Loch Creran. © Graham Saunders, Scottish Natural Heritage

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.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.


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Part of Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 #YCW2020

Header image: Ben James © Scottish Natural Heritage

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