Event
Tours

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2018
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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Exhibition
Art of Glass

6 Apr - 16 Sep 2018
10:00-17:00

This exhibition explores the work of leading glass artists in Britain today.

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Display
Hidden Gems: Scotland’s Agates

4 May 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
10:00 - 17:00

The deceptively simple exteriors of agates conceal an enormous spectrum of colour and texture. Discover how and why these beautiful semi-precious Scottish gems have captivated collectors past and present.

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Exhibition
Rip It Up : The Story of Scottish Pop

22 Jun - 25 Nov 2018

Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.

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Gilded Balloon at the Museum

1 Aug - 27 Aug 2018
Various times

Fringe favourites Gilded Balloon present 27 days of inspiring and diverse programming at the museum. Showcasing the very best in comedy, theatre, children's shows, music and spoken word.

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August Themed Tours

1 Aug - 31 Aug 2018
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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Free Fringe Music

4 Aug - 26 Aug 2018
14:05 -14:50

Experience the joy of live music at the museum. To celebrate Rip It Up, some of Scotland’s best young contemporary music talents will perform an exciting blend of Scottish pop, traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

10 Aug - 24 Aug 2018
19:30-22:30

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours across three exhilarating nights, each with handpicked performers, comedy, music, bars and entry to our summer exhibition, Rip It Up.

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POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

15 Aug - 26 Aug 2018
15:30 - 16:15

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) is a new production by Janis Claxton Dance, a series of short (5-minute), pieces created for public spaces.

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Display
New to the National Collections

17 Aug 2018 - 24 Feb 2019

See new acquisitions from across the museum’s collections, from the skull of a killer whale to cutting-edge ceramic design and beautiful 19th and 20th century Japanese ceramics.

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Museum Socials

17 Aug 2018 - 15 Feb 2019
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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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover - 17 August

17 Aug 2018
19:30-22:30

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours with handpicked performers, comedy, music, bars and entry to our summer exhibition, Rip It Up.

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Curator Tour: Art of Glass

21 Aug 2018
14:00-15:00

Curator Sarah Rothwell provides a unique insight into the Art of Glass exhibition.

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National Museums Collection Centre tours

23 Aug - 22 Nov 2018
10:30-11:45

SOLD OUT. Go behind the scenes on a tour of our state-of-the-art collections research centre in Granton, Edinburgh.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover - 24 August

24 Aug 2018
19:30-22:30

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours with handpicked performers, comedy, music, bars and entry to our summer exhibition, Rip It Up.

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Pitch 200!

14 Sep 2018
18:30 - 20:00 (Doors open at 18:15)

Civil engineers compete to explain engineering concepts using the most unconventional methods possible – in only 200 seconds!

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Prehistoric Gold: Unlocking the Secrets of our Early Treasures

20 Sep 2018
18:30 – 19:45 (Doors open 18:00)

Geologist Dr Jana Horak and archaeologist Dr Alison Sheridan investigate the Chalcolithic (Copper Age) and Bronze Age gold objects that still dazzle and amaze us today.

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Rip It Up: Key Note Sessions

27 Sep - 1 Nov 2018
19:30 – 21:00

Experts and music industry figures look back at the key moments in the story of Scottish pop and discuss the tracks and bands they can’t live without.

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Brian Hogg: In Conversation

29 Sep 2018
14:00 – 15:00 (Doors open 13:45)

Brian Hogg, author of All That Ever Mattered: The History of Scottish Rock and Pop, explores the story of Scottish popular music.

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Record Fair

29 Sep 2018
11:00 – 16:00

This one-day record fair in the museum will bring together vinyl collectors and enthusiasts.

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The Sunday Sketch

7 Oct - 11 Nov 2018
14:00 – 16:00

Each of these creative sessions will see artist Cécile Simonis guide you through a range of drawing activities in different galleries.

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Science Saturday

13 Oct 2018 - 26 Jan 2019
12:00-16:00

Join us for a monthly celebration of all things scientific at our Science Saturdays - there's something for all ages.

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October Half Term

14 Oct - 19 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00

Join us for a week of daily activities all about sustainability and eco-friendly living.

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Invisible Superheroes

20 Oct - 21 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00

From bridges, roads and railways to clean water in our home, explore the world of civil engineering.

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Exhibition
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers

26 Oct 2018 - 21 Apr 2019
10:00-17:00

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers will showcase a small selection of embroideries drawn from over 500 Scottish samplers in the collection of Leslie Durst – an American with a passion for Scotland.

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Spooky Saturday

27 Oct 2018
10:30 onwards

Put on your spookiest outfit and enjoy some spooky fun this Halloween.

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A Punjabi Jewel in the British Crown?

30 Oct 2018
18:30 – 20:00 (Doors open at 18:00)

Explore the relationship between the British East Indian Company and the Sikh empire from the early 19th century.

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Turntable Pop-Up and Performance

3 Nov 2018

Join our Turntable pop up and performance to explore memory, identity, family and most importantly of all, the joy of music.

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Edinburgh Gaelic Festival: Gary Innes and ERA Band

4 Nov 2018
11:30 – 12:00 and 13:05 – 13:45

Gary Innes, Craig Irving and Ewen Henderson – all members of Scottish rock-folk band Mànran – perform a lively mix of self-penned, contemporary and traditional Scots/Gaelic songs and instrumental sets as they take inspiration from our Rip it Up exhibition.

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Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

4 Nov 2018
13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30

Big Fish Little Fish brings family rave to the museum with BBC Scotland DJ Vic Galloway.

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Museum Late: Rip It Up

16 Nov 2018
19:00–22:30

Our Museum Lates return in November with a Rip It Up-themed evening extravaganza!

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Musical Mayhem

24 Nov - 25 Nov 2018
10:00-16:30

It's the last weekend of our #RipitUp exhibition so come along for some music mayhem.

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Bernat Klein Foundation: Eye for Colour Symposium

29 Nov 2018
10:00-17:00

To mark the launch of the Bernat Klein Foundation, this symposium offers designers, students, industry professionals and anyone interested in colour and creative practice the opportunity to discover the legacy of textile designer Bernat Klein.

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Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Corinne Julius

4 Dec 2018
19:00 – 20:15. Doors open at 18:15 for a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner.

The new Glenmorangie Commission is supporting the creation of a piece of contemporary art inspired by our archaeological collections.

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Sounds of the Season

9 Dec 2018
12:00-16:00

Join us for an afternoon of performances by local choirs guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

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Christmas Art Competition

27 Dec 2018 - 30 Dec 2016
10:30-16:30

Be inspired by the museum and get drawing in our annual art competition at National Museum of Scotland.

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Hogmanay Family Fun

31 Dec 2018
10:00-16:00

Join us for a whole day to celebrate Hogmanay.

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Exhibition
Robots

18 Jan - 5 May 2019

From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.

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February Half Term

9 Feb - 17 Feb 2019
11:00-16:00

Join us for a week of activities inspired by our new East Asia and Ancient Egypt galleries and our Robots exhibition.

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Spotlight On: Exploring East Asia

21 Feb 2019
14:00 - 15:00 (Doors open at 13:45)

Join curators Rosina Buckland, Qin Cao and Louise Boyd as they describe the research that went into the creation of the Exploring East Asia gallery.

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Spotlight On: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered

23 Feb 2019
14:00-15:00 (Doors open at 13:45)

Join curators Margaret Maitland and Dan Potter as they discuss the Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery.

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Discover the story of Scottish pop music as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day in our new exhibition.

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