Your journey of discovery starts here...
Our Scottish galleries guide you from prehistoric times to the present day. Discover a treasure trove of Celtic, Roman and Viking artefacts, including the famous Lewis chess pieces – as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!
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, including exquisite jewellery like this pendant.
T.rex in the Animal World gallery.
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.
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.
Mask of Ravenna in the Performance and Lives gallery.
Discover different examples one of the earliest man-made materials in our 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!
Ceramics gallery on Level 3 above the Grand Gallery.
Did you know the Grand Gallery is home to a famouse celebrity? As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, Dolly is the most famous sheep in the world.
New picture of Dolly the sheep needed