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.

Science and technology will be represented through some very unusual timepieces. The electric regulator clock from 1924 designed by Alexander Steuart of Edinburgh was extremely accurate and used to set the time on other clocks.

Also on display is a tea kettle by Ebenezer Oliphant from 1752-3 which is one of only two known to have been made by him. Oliphant was one of the most accomplished Scottish goldsmith’s of the 18th century.

Figure of Jurojin, stoneware with overglaze colour and gold enamels

Above: This stoneware figure represents Jurōjin, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, who is associated with longevity. Seifu Yohei I (1801–1861), Kyoto, Japan, 1860

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Lulu the killer whale

Lulu came from the only killer whale pod in the UK and was found dead on Tiree in 2016. She had the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls ever recorded from a marine mammal.

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New Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Three new galleries complete the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland.
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17 Aug 2018 - 24 Feb 2019


National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - Exhibition Gallery 4, Level 1

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Admission free

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