National Museum of Scotland

Our diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof.

Rip It Up
The Story of Scottish Pop

22 Jun - 25 Nov 2018
Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.

Rip It Up Opening Weekend

23 Jun 2018
To mark the opening of our Rip It Up exhibition, join us for a pop up performance from young singer-songwriter Annie Booth and visit our vintage photobooth to be styled as a Scottish pop icon!

Rip It Up: Key Note Sessions

28 Jun - 1 Nov 2018
19:30 – 21:00
Experts and music industry figures look back at the key moments in the story of Scottish pop and discuss the tracks and bands they can’t live without.

Art of Glass

6 Apr - 16 Sep 2018
This exhibition explores the work of leading glass artists in Britain today.

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft

17 May - 4 Aug 2018
10:00 - 17:00
See the Soyuz spacecraft used for European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Station and accompanying virtual reality adventure.

Hidden Gems: Scotland’s Agates

4 May - 2 Sep 2018
10:00 - 17:00
The deceptively simple exteriors of agates conceal an enormous spectrum of colour and texture. Discover how and why these beautiful semi-precious Scottish gems have captivated collectors past and present.
Museum information

Opening times

Daily: 10:00-17:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00
New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00


Free, donations welcome

How to find us

Chambers Street,
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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Discover the story of Scottish pop music as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day in our new exhibition.

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Road closures - Sunday 24 June

Chambers Street, George IV Bridge and other nearby roads will be closed to traffic on Sunday 24 June for the Let's Ride UK cycling festival. The museum will be open to the public as usual.