Chambers Street, EH1 1JF
The Museum is now open with new temporary opening hours of 10:30–16:30 daily
Free entry, advance online booking required
East Fortune Airfield, EH39 5LF
The Museum is now open10:00-16:00, weekends only
Advance online booking required
Philipshill Road, G76 9HR
The Museum is closed between the following dates:Saturday 21 November – Friday 11 December
Edinburgh Castle, EH1 2NG
The museum is now open, 10:00–15:45 daily
Discover the diversity of life in Scotland’s seas 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.
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.
Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
Our online database contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections.
Have fun with our collections whether you’re at home or outdoors.
Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.
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Science and Technology
20 min read
Explore our archive of Victorian photography, from the early days of daguerreotypes to the birth of photography for the masses. Discover some familiar faces and meet some unexpected characters, and see Scotland as you've never seen it before.
Discover how Victorian inventors and entrepreneurs succeeded in capturing the very first images....
In these short films, experts from the world of photography introduce the heroes of Victorian photography....
Kirke Kook explores the meaning behind some of the photographs in the National Museums Scotland collection....