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.

Exhibition
Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

23 May - 20 Oct 2019
Discover how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.
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Exhibition
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

26 Jun - 10 Nov 2019
Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.
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Summer Holiday Programme

1 Jul - 2 Aug 2019
12:00–16:00
Join us this summer holiday for themed weekly activities at the National Museum of Scotland.
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Spotlight On: Wild & Majestic

29 Jun 2019
14:00–15:00, doors open 13:45
Curator Patrick Watt explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.
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Wedding gown in a weekend

29 Jun - 30 Jun 2019
10:30–16:30
Join historical dressmakers as they recreate the 18th-century wedding dress of Isabella MacTavish Fraser.
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Guided tours

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.
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Microscopes: Nature Revealed

29 Mar - 15 Sep 2019
This display tells the stories of the makers and users of an instrument that has been fundamental in improving our understanding of the natural world.
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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

Admission

Free, donations welcome

How to find us

Chambers Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1JF
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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