Explore exhibitions held at the National Museum of Scotland over the past year.

The Tomb

The Tomb presents the story of one extraordinary tomb, built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years.

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Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation

Over 250 years ago Scottish industry began producing a wide range of pottery, from everyday ware to exotic decorative pieces. Potteries established by Scottish entrepreneurs sprung up around the Forth and Clyde regions, as well as further afield.

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Nordic Modernist Design

Modernist design emerged in the early 20th century as a response to social and technological changes.

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business let visitors get up close to the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years

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Celts

This major exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravelled the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.

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Reflecting Telescopes

This small display revealed the work of pioneering Scots in the development of the reflective telescope.

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Fossil Hunters

This exhibition explored how life on earth moved from water onto land 360-345 million years ago.

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BUILD IT! Adventures with LEGO® Bricks

Warren Elsmore and his team displayed some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery.

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New to the National Collections

This small display highlighted a selection of the recent acquisitions at National Museums Scotland.

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Child's Play

How have children's playthings changed over the last 150 years? From Meccano to a Minions scooter, this small display explored the development of toys.

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Fully fashioned

This exhibition celebrated the 200th anniversary of Pringle of Scotland.

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The Silversmith’s Art

This ground-breaking exhibition celebrated the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver.

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Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Meet the pioneers of photography and discover how the Victorian craze for the photograph transformed the way we capture images today and mirrors our own modern-day fascination for recording the world around us.

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Waterloo

This small exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo explored the impact of the battle within Scotland, from public celebrations to political unrest, the celebrity of veterans and the birth of battlefield tourism.

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Kabuki

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

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Masters of Japanese Porcelain

This small exhibition focused on four of the finest porcelain artists working in Japan in the late 19th century.

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Game Masters

Featuring over 100 playable games, Game Masters showcased the work of more than 30 leading videogame designers.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Alivardi Khan, by a Murshidabad artist, ca. 1750.

Indian Encounters

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.

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Express Yourself

Express Yourself explored the commissioning, collecting and creators of jewellery including leading UK jewellers and fashion designer Jean Muir.

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New to the National Collection

New to the National Collection showcased the latest additions to our collections, including objects that will feature in ten new galleries in 2016.

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Primordial

This intriguing exhibition was devised by acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor.

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Scotland Creates

How do we express our Sense of Place? Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with our staff and at four partner museums to explore where they come from.

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Ming

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.

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4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish), France, 1918 © Ditsong National Museum of Military History

Common Cause

This exhibition explored the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War.

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