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Tours

1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.

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BUILD IT! A museum made from LEGO®

1 Jun 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

A beautiful three-metre LEGO® model of the National Museum of Scotland is now on display.

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Save the Galloway Hoard

16 Jun - 29 Oct 2017

Be among the first to see unique and rare Viking-age objects that have lain hidden for a thousand years.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

23 Jun - 12 Nov 2017

Discover a compelling story of loyalty, loss, rebellion and retribution in this major exhibition.

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Age of Oil

21 Jul - 5 Nov 2017
10:00 - 17:00

Exploring the people and places of Scotland’s offshore energy industry, this contemporary art exhibition showcases the work of visual artist Sue Jane Taylor who has worked in some of the most remote and challenging environments in Scotland.

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National Museums Collection Centre tours

31 Aug 2017 - 25 Jan 2018
10:30-11:45

Go behind the scenes on a tour of our state-of-the-art collections research centre for Scottish History and Archaeology and Natural Sciences in Granton, Edinburgh.

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September Themed Tours

1 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
15:00-16:00

Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

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Magic Carpet

6 Sep - 11 Oct 2017
Every Wednesday 10:30-10:55, 11:30-11:55

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the collection.

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Magic Carpet Minis

7 Sep - 12 Oct 2017
Every Thursday 10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland.

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Feely Friday

8 Sep - 13 Oct 2017
13:30-16:30

Discover strange and wonderful objects from our handling collections every Friday during term time.

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Museum Socials

15 Sep 2017 - 19 Jan 2018
10:30-12:00

National Museums Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

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Free online course: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

18 Sep - 15 Oct 2017
5 hours per week

Real objects and our team of academic experts reveal the Jacobite story.

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Doors Open Day at the National Museums Collection Centre

23 Sep 2017
10:00 – 11:15 and 11:45 – 13:00

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at National Museums Scotland? On this guided tour you’ll visit our new state-of-the-art research facility for Scottish History and Archaeology and Natural Sciences and learn about how we care for our internationally important collections.

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Centre for Open Learning at the National Museum of Scotland

26 Sep 2017 - 18 Jan 2018

The University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning courses at the National Museum of Scotland

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The Fettercairn Jewel

28 Sep - 31 Dec 2017
10:00 - 17:00

This newly acquired and exceptionally rare jewel is on display at the National Museum of Scotland for the first time this autumn.

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Explorathon: Murder at the Museum

29 Sep 2017
12:00-16:00

Join our experts to explore forensic science and crime as part of wider celebration of European research.

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Tartan: A Chequered History

30 Sep 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)

Caroline Young and Lynn Wilson take a comprehensive look at the history of tartan, from its origin in the Scottish Highlands to its reinvention in both street fashion and haute couture to mimic aristocracy or act as a symbol of rebellion.

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Revisiting the Jacobites – the history behind the history

12 Oct 2017
18:30 - 20:00 (doors open 18:15)

Is history always written by the victors? By exploring our collective memories of major historical events we can often challenge our understanding and rediscover the familiar. Join our panel as they discuss their research in this defining period.

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Centre for Open Learning at the National Museum of Scotland: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

13 Oct - 15 Oct 2017
10:30 – 15:30

Using a range of sources including poetry and songs, this short course covers the dramatic events of the Jacobite Risings between 1689 and 1746.

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Scotland's Early Silver

13 Oct 2017 - 25 Feb 2018

This stunning exhibition explores the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

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October half term

14 Oct - 22 Oct 2017
11:00-16:30

Join us for Pop up Prosthetics, Pick of the past and our Big Jacobite Weekend at National Museum of Scotland this October.

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BSL Tour of the National Museums Collection Centre

19 Oct 2017
10:30 – 11:45

Go behind the scenes on a British Sign Language tour of our collections research centre for Scottish History and Archaeology and Natural Sciences in Granton, Edinburgh.

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Cuairt Ghàidhlig timcheall Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

21 Oct 2017
Disath 21 Dàmh, 11:00 – 12:00 (coinnichibh bho 10:45)

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Audio Descriptive Tour: Victorian Scotland

21 Oct 2017
14:00-15:00

Guided descriptive audio tour for the visually impaired.

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Trading Places

25 Oct 2017
18:30 – 20:00 (doors open 18:15)

Conversations on Scotland’s commercial diaspora past and present.

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After the Age of Oil

27 Oct 2017
14:00–15:15 (doors open 13:45)

Join our panel as they reflect on the Scottish energy industry today and the current challenges and opportunities faced by energy companies, innovators and consumers.

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Study Day: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

28 Oct 2017
10:30 – 15:00 (doors open 10:00)

Join our panel of speakers as they investigate the Jacobite story and challenge many of the misconceptions that still surround this turbulent period in European history.

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Spooky Saturday

28 Oct 2017

Take part in some museum mischief to celebrate Hallowe'en.

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Spotlight on: The science of early gunpowder

2 Nov 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)

To celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, Dr Haileigh Robertson takes an alternative look at the history of gunpowder and explores how this explosive material inspired many scientific experiments in the 17th century.

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Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Silver

9 Nov 2017
19:00 – 20:15. Doors open 18:15 for a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner.

Author Lindsay Shen explores the rich and eventful history of this metal that is both precious and useful.

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Museum Late: Jacobites

10 Nov 2017
19:00 - 22:30

Our legendary Museum Lates return in November, with a focus on our stunning Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.

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Down to Earth

10 Nov 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
10:00 - 17:00

Celebrating the centenary of the Strathmore Meteorite, Down to Earth reunites the four fragments for the first time, along with pieces of the three other meteorites found on Scottish soil.

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Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

13 Nov - 27 Nov 2017
3 hours per week

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians in this free online course.

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Spotlight On: The Strathmore Meteorite

18 Nov 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)

Join Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, to discover the story of the Strathmore Meteorite.

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Sustainable Style

23 Nov 2017
18:30 – 20:00 (doors open 18:15)

The fashion industry uses vast amounts of raw materials and energy. How can a new economic model help to reduce waste and promote creativity - of designers, manufacturers and consumers?

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Tweed in Fashion

25 Nov 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)

Author Fiona Anderson explores the history, design and consumption of these fashion textiles.

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St Andrew’s Shorts

25 Nov - 26 Nov 2017

Join us for mini Scotland-themed sessions this weekend to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, including stories, music, performances and hands-on activities.

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Christmas Season

2 Dec - 30 Dec 2017

Get in the festive mood with crafts, seasonal songs and art at National Museum of Scotland.

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Early Doors for Autism: Silver Shimmer

16 Dec 2017
09:00-10:00

Exclusive access for autistic children to our Scotland's Early Silver exhibition plus Christmas Crafts.

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Hogmanay Family Ceilidh

31 Dec 2017
14:00–15:30

Enjoy an afternoon of whirling and birling for all ages with the Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band and friends.

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Burns Unbound

21 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00

Celebrate our national bard with a packed programme of music, performance and activities for all ages.

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