Ideas and resources for families

You can have so much fun with our collections this summer, whether you’re at home or outdoors.

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.  

If you’re a teacher or learning at home, you can also explore our Resources for Teachers.

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How to make an owl badge

We’ve teamed up with upcycling experts Ostrero and artist Bryony Knox to create a design for a cool owl badge – made from a fizzy drinks can! Try it out today.

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How to make paper art

Watch our video to learn how to create Mexican-inspired paper art of three animals with close links to Scotland: a stately stag, magical unicorn or red squirrel!

How to make paper art
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How to make a champion's rosette

Summer is usually the season for gala days and rural shows, including our own Heavy Horse Show. Celebrate the champions you know – family, friends or even pets - by making them a personalised rosette!

How to make a champion’s rosette
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Yoga inspired by our collections

Use these seven yoga based poses to move, stretch and get energised, inspired by our collections. You can do each one on its own or all seven together in a 'yoga flow'.

Museum Moves: Family Yoga
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Watch and explore

Delve into our animated adventures! Find out more about life in ancient Egypt, learn some Mandarin, plus much more.

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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