Postponed Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

19 Feb - 9 May 2021

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Free with pre-booked museum entry

The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. It is of international significance and will transform our understanding of this period of Scottish history.

Please note: The revised exhibition dates for the Galloway Hoard exhibition will be announced once we know when the National Museum of Scotland is able to open safely.

The Galloway Hoard

Bringing together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, the internationally significant Galloway Hoard is transforming our understanding of Scotland’s connections with the wider world during this period.

The Hoard was buried around AD 900 and contains over 100 diverse objects, from silver, gold and jewelled treasures to rarely surviving textiles, including wool, linen and Scotland’s earliest examples of silk.

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014, the Hoard was allocated to National Museums Scotland in 2017, when a selection of items went on display as part of a fundraising campaign to save it for the nation. With generous public support, an intensive programme of conservation and research is now underway, uncovering the secrets of the Hoard for the very first time.

In this free exhibition, see recently cleaned and conserved objects from the Hoard, revealing intricate decoration not seen since the objects’ burial more than 1,000 years ago. Then delve deeper and examine hidden details found in X-rays, CT scans and 3D models. Discover what innovative research and analysis have already revealed about the Hoard, and explore what future work might yet uncover about this unparalleled Viking-age find.

Nothing like this has ever been found in Scotland...
- Dr Martin Goldberg, Principal Curator of Medieval Archaeology and History

Finds from the Galloway Hoard

A gold bird pin thought to be unique.

A new type of Anglo-Saxon quatrefoil brooch.

An Anglo-Saxon disc brooch.

A hinged mount with Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle-style decoration.

Share your exhibition thoughts and highlights on social media using #GallowayHoard.

The Galloway Hoard exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is supported by Baillie Gifford.

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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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Header image: A gold bird pin thought to be unique.

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The Galloway Hoard

The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.
Crown copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/7

The Declaration of Arbroath

This exhibition will be rescheduled at a later date.

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This display highlights a small selection from our Scottish History & Archaeology collections, showing how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past, and reflecting the Scotland of today for future generations of museum visitors.
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