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
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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Sinéad Burke with a Christopher Kane outfit she has loaned to the exhibition, displayed on a mannequin cast from her body. Copyright Neil Hanna.

Event
Body Beautiful Round Table

3 Oct 2019
19:00–20:15
Inspired by our Body Beautiful: Diversity on the catwalk exhibition, join our panel of fashion leaders and activists for an empowering discussion on the fashion industry's responsibility to better reflect society.
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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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Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Simone ten Hompel

10 Oct 2019
19:00–20:15
Silversmith Simone ten Hompel discusses her commission from National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new piece of contemporary metal artwork inspired by the museum’s early medieval collections.
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Through the Shortbread Tin: An Ossianic Journey

11 Oct 2019
19:00–20:30
A work in progress by playwright and poet Martin O'Connor. Inspired by the poems of Ossian and by the story of James Macpherson, this performance in spoken word and song explores the relevance – past and present – of these epic tales in a funny and contemporary way.
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Museum Late: A Highland Fling

1 Nov 2019
19:30–22:30
Don your finest tartan and get ready for a reel good time at our next Museum Late.
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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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