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.

Our family-friendly Explore gallery on Level 1 brings science to life with hands-on games and interactive exhibits. Don't miss Dolly the sheep: she’s a science superstar and one of our most iconic objects. You can even try out your own genetic experiments – fancy making a glowing pig?

Dolly the sheep in a glass case in the Explore gallery

Above: Dolly, the world's most famous sheep © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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.

Need some exercise? Find out how much power you can generate walking in the giant hamster wheel in Energise. Build your own wind farm, make waves and keep a home cosy as you learn about the sources, generation and uses of energy.

Hamster wheel

Above: The human hamster wheel in Energise. Photo © Stewart Attwood.

Header image © Peter Dibdin.

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