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The famous Lewis chess pieces.
Mary, Queen of Scots is Scotland's most controversial monarch. Discover her tumultuous story and see belongings associated with her in Kingdom of the Scots, Level 1
Looking at the catwalk in the Fashion and Style gallery.
Discover untold stories from items in our collection from new research and scientific analysis conservation. Unearth the untold stories behind 5,000-year-old Neolithic carved stone balls, Bronze Age metalworking, a Roman burial urn, an 18th century drinking club set, and a contemporary crockery set made for the Empire Café at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
In Living Lands, explore how the landscape influences the way people live their lives and what they believe through objects by made indigenous peoples, from the North American Arctic to the deserts of Australia.
Explore the dynamic interaction between people and their possessions in Patterns of Life, discover the cultural diversity of this Pacific Islanders’ and in Facing the Sea learn how Pacific Islanders’ lives are framed by their relationships with the sea, and celebrate the diversity of music, dance and costume around the world in Performance and Lives.
Discovering Ancient Egypt Rediscovered on Level 5.
Head up to Level 5 to the Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery which presents the remarkable culture and achievements of the ancient Egyptians, highlighting individual stories to give a sense of their values and personal lives. Next door you'll find Exploring East Asia gallery with a unique perspective on East Asia, enabling visitors to explore and contrast the diverse traditions, peoples, and histories of these three fascinating and dynamic cultures.
Discover different examples one of the earliest man-made materials in our Art of Ceramics gallery on Level 3. See everything from an 18th century Meissen dish, a highly decorative ancient Greek pottery, an earthenware figure by contemporary Dundee artist Stephen Bird, a Persian 13th century bowl and a nose cone from a British Aerospace Skyflash air-to-air missile!
Did you know the Grand Gallery is home to a famous celebrity? As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, Dolly is the most famous sheep in the world.