Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives?

Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through interactive games and thought-provoking displays.

Reopening update 

We've made some changes to make visiting the museum safe and enjoyable for our visitors and our staff. As we begin to welcome visitors back to the museum, the reopening of galleries will be phased. 

Find out more about reopening

Our family-friendly Explore gallery on Level 1 brings science to life with hands-on games and interactive exhibits. You can even try out your own genetic experiments – fancy making a glowing pig?

Next to Explore is Making It, which looks at how manufacturing and engineering have changed our lives, from early industry to 3D printing. And don't forget to look up to see an aerial history of aviation stunningly suspended from the ceiling, including Percy Pilcher's record breaking Hawk glider.

Aircraft in the In Flight display. Pilcher's Hawk can be seen at the top.

On Level 3, Communicate tells the story of telecommunications, from semaphore to smart phones. Will you spot your first mobile phone in a case? Scientific innovation and invention are celebrated in Technology by Design: discover the evolution of the bicycle and design your own bike, marvel at an Apple 1 computer from 1976 and discover Edinburgh's key role in the history of prosthetics.

Model boats in Technology by Design

Above: Working models in Technology by Design. Photo © Peter Dibdin.

Moving up to Level 5, Enquire explores how scientists have sought to answer fundamental questions. Follow in the steps of pioneers such as Sir James Black by designing a clinical drug trial, and encounter a giant copper accelerating cavity from CERN’s LEP collider. After all, who doesn’t like a dash of drama with their science history?

Giant copper accelerating cavity from CERN.

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