National Museum of Scotland

Embroidered Stories
Scottish Samplers

26 Oct 2018 - 21 Apr 2019
Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.

National Museum of Scotland

Spotlight On: Exploring East Asia

21 Feb 2019
14:00 - 15:00 (Doors open at 13:45)
Join curators Rosina Buckland, Qin Cao and Louise Boyd as they describe the research that went into the creation of the Exploring East Asia gallery.

National Museum of Scotland

The Art of African Metalwork

22 Feb - 25 Aug 2019
10:00 - 17:00
Discover how brass and copper once featured as mediums of exchange, status and power in Africa through highlights of the museum’s 19th and early 20th century collections from west and central Africa.
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  • New Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

    Our new Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries are now open!
  • New to the National Collections

    See new acquisitions from across the museum’s collections, from the skull of a killer whale to cutting-edge ceramic design and beautiful 19th and 20th century Japanese ceramics.
  • Robots Retro Film Night

    Join us for an evening celebrating robots on and off screen. Explore the Robots exhibition after hours, get hands-on with robotic gadgets and enjoy one of two classic sci-fi movies on the big screen.
  • Search the collections

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  • Schools programme

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  • Explore our collections

    Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
  • National projects

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