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Our wide-ranging exhibition programme brings prestigious loans from around the world to audiences in Scotland.

Masters of Japanese Porcelain

6 Mar - 30 Aug 2015
This small exhibition focused on four of the finest porcelain artists working in Japan in the late 19th century.
Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Alivardi Khan, by a Murshidabad artist, ca. 1750.

Indian Encounters

14 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015
Indian Encounters explored the changing relationships between Great Britain and India during the 18th and 19th centuries through the lives of two men with very different experiences of British imperial rule.


1 Aug - 23 Nov 2014
This intriguing exhibition was devised by acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor.


27 Jun - 19 Oct 2014
This exhibition revealed the extraordinary story of the Ming dynasty, a period of China’s history marked by economic strength and a dramatic flourishing of the arts.
4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish), France, 1918 © Ditsong National Museum of Military History

Common Cause

11 Jul - 12 Oct 2014
This exhibition explored the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War.


4 Oct 2013 - 2 Feb 2014
This striking exhibition presented vivid depictions of Kabuki, the popular form of traditional, all-male Japanese theatre, from our Japanese woodblock print collection.

Header image: Casualty of War: A portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh by The Singh Twins. Commissioned by National Museums Scotland (supported by the British Council).  The National Museums' treasures of Maharajah Duleep Singh featured in the exhibitions From Stromness to the Punjab: Sir John Login, Maharaja Duleep Singh and the Treasures of Lahore at Stromness Museum and Indian Encounters at the National Museum of Scotland in 2014-15. Research into our historic Indian collections is a continued priority for the organisation. © The Singh Twins:

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