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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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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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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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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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Magic Carpet and Magic Carpet Minis

7 Sep - 21 Dec 2018
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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National Museums Collection Centre Tours

25 Oct 2018 - 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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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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November Themed Tours

1 Nov - 30 Nov 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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Friday Afternoon Fun

9 Nov - 21 Dec 2018
13:30-16:30

Join members of our team every Friday afternoon during term time in our hands-on galleries for some family fun.

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The Sunday Sketch

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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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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Museum Socials

16 Nov 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 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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Off The Record

17 Nov 2018
10:00 – 17:00

Key figures from the music industry will lead seminars, discussions and workshops all aimed at demystifying the industry and providing the knowledge to kickstart a career in music.

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Science Saturday

17 Nov 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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Book Week Scotland

19 Nov - 25 Nov 2018

Celebrate reading at the National Museum of Scotland this Book Week.

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Annual Open Evening

21 Nov 2018
18:00-19:30 (Doors 17:45)

Join us to hear more about our work over the past year and our future plans at the Annual Open Evening.

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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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Early Doors for Autism: Embroidered Stories

1 Dec 2018
09:00-10:00

Hunt for hidden animals in our fascinating exhibition of samplers and create your own simple embroidery piece.

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Glenmorangie Annual Lecture

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

Join design critic and curator Corinne Julius to find out how leading silversmiths are reworking the heritage of their craft, pushing the boundaries of silver as a material and using it as a vehicle to express ideas.

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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 - 30 Dec 2018
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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Centre for Open Learning at the National Museum of Scotland

15 Jan - 17 Apr 2019

Learn something new with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning courses at the National Museum of Scotland

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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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The Art of African Metalwork

8 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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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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