Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.
- Winston Churchill

Over the last 300 years, Scottish scientists and engineers have made discoveries and inventions that have changed our very relationship with the world around us.

Until the coming of the railways in the early 1800s, the fastest that humans could travel was as fast as a horse could run. Our modern planes, trains and automobiles owe much to Scottish innovators. Today, we take it for granted that surgery will be quick and pain-free. That mechanics and robotics can support the human body. That the water from our taps will be safe to clean and cook with. From the simple processes of everyday life to the cutting edge of 21st-century medicine, Scotland remains at the heart of scientific innovation.

Even here at the Museum, we have a long tradition of supporting scientific enquiry and demonstrating the complicated engineering behind modern technologies. Our working models and workshop demonstrations have proved popular for 150 years.

Our six new galleries of Science and Technology showcase almost 1,000 innovations from the spheres of communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine.

Nestled amongst them are radical breakthroughs, icons from history, and modern technological quirks – all made in Scotland, changing the world.


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