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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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Exhibition
Embroidered Stories : Scottish Samplers

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

Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.

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Curator Tours: Scottish Samplers

14 Nov 2018 - 6 Feb 2019
14:00-15:00 Meet at 13:45.

Join curator Helen Wyld to learn more about this fascinating exhibition on a guided tour.

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Tours

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2019
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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Tartan coat from a Royal Company of Archers uniform, of hard twill weave wool with wooden buttons, silk fringing and linen lining: c. 1750
tan coat from a Royal Company of Archers uniform, of hard twill weave wool with wooden buttons, silk fringing and linen lining: c. 1750

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January Themed Tours

1 Jan - 31 Jan 2019
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 and Magic Carpet Minis

11 Jan - 5 Apr 2019
10:30 and 11:30

Take a trip on our Magic Carpet! Explore the fantastic things in our collection in these fun pre-school sessions.

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Museum Socials

18 Jan - 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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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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Science Saturday

19 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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Exploring Automata

19 Jan 2019
13:30 – 14:05 and 15:00 – 15:35

SOLD OUT. Join curator Tacye Phillipson and the House of Automata to learn about the weird and wonderful mechanical and artistic forerunner to robots.

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Robots at Filmhouse

22 Jan - 25 Feb 2019

Enjoy a special season of films programmed in partnership with Filmhouse to celebrate the new Robots exhibition.

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National Museums Collection Centre Tours

24 Jan - 22 Aug 2019
10:30-11:45

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

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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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Chinese New Year

9 Feb - 16 Feb 2019

Enjoy a spectacular music or dance performance, give calligraphy a go, make a paper lantern or dress up in traditional costume for a family photo.

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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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The Art of African Metalwork

22 Feb - 25 Aug 2019
10:00 - 17:00

Discover how brass and copper once featured as mediums of exchange, status and power in Africa through highlights of the museum’s 19th and early 20th century collections from west and central Africa.

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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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The Sunday Sketch

24 Feb - 23 Jun 2019
14:00 – 16:00

Join us to learn how to sketch using our incredible collections!

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Study Day: Scottish Samplers

21 Mar 2019
10:30 – 15:30 (doors open 10:00)

Delve deeper into the history of samplers in a dedicated study day.

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Robots Retro Film Night

22 Mar 2019

Join us for an evening celebrating robots on and off screen. Explore the Robots exhibition after hours, get hands-on with robotic gadgets and enjoy one of two classic sci-fi movies on the big screen.

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Display
Microscopes : Nature Revealed

29 Mar - 15 Sep 2019

This display will tell the stories of the makers and users of an instrument that has been fundamental in improving our understanding of the natural world.

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The Future is Robot with Timandra Harkness

16 Apr 2019
20:00 – 21:30

What role will robots play in our lives?

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Exhibition
Body Beautiful : Diversity on the Catwalk

23 May - 20 Oct 2019

Discover how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

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Exhibition
Wild and Majestic : Romantic Visions of Scotland

26 Jun - 10 Nov 2019

This major exhibition will explore how Scotland became the subject of international fascination in the 18th and 19th century and how a particular version of the cultural traditions of the Highlands and islands had become fixed as a badge of wider Scottish identity.

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Exhibition
Parasites : Battle for Survival

6 Dec 2019 - 19 Apr 2020

This exhibition will explore the fight to eradicate five neglected tropical diseases and the role of research taking place in Scotland to do this.

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Exhibition
Tyrannosaurs

24 Jan - 4 May 2020

The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs is coming to the National Museum of Scotland! Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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