Museum at home

Wherever you are, there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online.

We may have temporarily closed our doors, but there are lots of ways to explore our collections and continue learning at home.

For families

We’ve got some great new ways to enjoy our collections together. Have fun with Lego, get outside to explore the natural world or try out some new activities – from sketching some of our favourite objects to designing new patterns inspired by paper art from Mexico. We’ve even got a family workout – stretch like a big cat, jump like a monkey or just relax like a Buddha. 

Discover ideas and resources for families

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Brilliant bugs

Explore a range of incredible insect activities for families to explore this summer.

Discoveries with brilliant bugs

For teachers

For teachers, bring topic learning to life with our digital resources, worksheets and online games.

Discover ideas and resources for teachers

You'll also find lots more below. Plus, don't miss our favourite films and videos, and your chance to engage with our Curators on social media through Ask Me Anythings (#AMA).

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Explore our Collections

If you’re looking to read interesting stories from our collection, head to Explore. Simply filter by subject to discover stories about every area of the collections.

Explore our collections

Google Arts & Culture

We've been working with Google to publish key objects, online exhibits and Museum Views. Using Google's StreetView technology you can take a behind the scenes look at the National Museum of Scotland including the Grand Gallery, Roof Terrace, Exploring East Asia and Ancient Egypt Rediscovered galleries.

Dinosaur diets and ancient Egyptian curses

Want to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes? Head to our blog to hear about the fascinating things curators and collection services teams (normally) do all day.

Visit our blog
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Online films

Watch and listen as we explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.

Watch & Listen
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Online Games

If you’re a parent or carer trying to entertain your kids, or a teacher looking at remote education, check out our range of online games.

Play and Learn

Experience our collections in 3D

Get up close with this Lewis Chess piece and other objects from our collections. You can see all of our 3D models on Sketchfab.

Rotating Lewis chess piece

Search our collections

Our online collection contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections. See what you can discover!

Search our collections
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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

Find out more about reopening