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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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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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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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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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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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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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February Themed Tours

1 Feb - 28 Feb 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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Museum Socials

15 Feb - 16 Aug 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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National Museums Collection Centre Tours

21 Feb - 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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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)

SOLD OUT. Join curators Margaret Maitland and Dan Potter as they discuss the Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery and the research that went into creating it.

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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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Iranian Festival

2 Mar 2019
11:30 - 15:15

In the 10th year of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival, we are delighted to host a performance of Iranian and Scottish bagpipes and a talk on Iranian textiles and jewellery.

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Pioneers: Women in Egyptology

9 Mar 2019
14:00 – 15:30 (doors open 13:45)

To mark International Women’s Day, join TV presenter Margaret Mountford, researcher Lee Young and academic Heba Abd el Gawad to celebrate the achievements of women in Egyptology past and present.

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Audio Descriptive Tours

16 Mar - 11 Jun 2019
10:30 – 11:45 (meet from 10:15)

Blind and partially sighted visitors are invited to join an Audio Described tour of Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers and Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk.

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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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Autism After Hours

25 Mar - 21 May 2019
17:30–19:00

Visit the museum on your own terms once the public have gone home.

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Spotlight On: The Bachuil Mòr

28 Mar 2019
14:00 – 15:00 (Doors open 13:45)

Join Dr David Caldwell, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and the Baron of Bachuil as they discuss the Bachuil Mòr and its importance in Celtic culture and early Christianity.

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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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Study Day: Historical Chinese Sculpture

30 Mar 2019
10:20 – 16:20 (doors open 10:00)

Join our study day to explore historical Chinese sculptures and mark the launch of the Ann Paludan image library.

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Edinburgh Science Festival

6 Apr - 21 Apr 2019
10:00-17:00

Enjoy hands-on workshops, shows and a whole host of free drop-in activities throughout the festival to explore frontiers of knowledge in all walks of life.

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Spotlight On: Microscopes

11 Apr 2019
14:00 – 15:00

Curator Julie Gibb explains the development of the microscope from the 18th century to the present day, through the makers and users of an instrument that has been fundamental in improving our understanding of the natural world.

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Early Doors for Autism

15 Apr - 4 May 2019
09:00-10:00

Join us at pre-public opening sessions for autistic children and their families.

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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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Centre for Open Learning at the National Museum of Scotland

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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A New View of a Prince

24 Apr 2019
18:30–20:00

Join historian Edward Corp as he examines the turbulent life of Charles Edward Stuart and how he was represented by artists during his lifetime.

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Eco-sustainable Design

25 Apr 2019
18:30–19:45

Join Ugandan-born, British designer José Hendo as she discusses her approach to contemporary fashion design and challenges its throwaway culture through her innovative use of Ugandan barkcloth.

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Spotlight On: The Kimono

27 Apr 2019
14:00 – 15:00 (Doors open 13:45)

Join sustainability expert Lynn Wilson as she discusses the kimono: a zero waste garment which, much like the kilt, is sustainably produced and designed as a product for life, to be used and reused by multiple generations.

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Science Saturday

4 May - 20 Jul 2019
12:00-16:00

Enjoy science-themed hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

5 May 2019
11:00–12:30 & 14:00–15:30

Join us to learn about this cultural tradition and experience traditional Japanese hospitality with Mio Shudo, Urasenke Japanese Tea Master.

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Symposium: Silver and Europe AD 200–600

10 May 2019
10:00–16:30

On the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law, our symposium speakers discuss new research on Roman silver and its impact in early medieval Scotland and across western Europe.

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Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Show

23 May 2019

Join Edinburgh College of Art fashion students as they showcase their cutting-edge collections in the National Museum of Scotland’s iconic Grand Gallery.

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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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Edinburgh International Children's Festival

25 May 2019
10:00-17:00

Celebrate the launch of the Edinburgh International Children's Festival with a special family day at the National Museum of Scotland.

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The Matter of Slavery

6 Jun 2019
18:30–19:45

Join us to explore the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade through objects in museums, galleries and historic houses.

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Spotlight On: Body Beautiful

22 Jun 2019
14:00–15:00

Explore how fashion creatives are challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk.

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Wild and Majestic : Romantic Visions of Scotland

26 Jun - 10 Nov 2019

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.

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Spotlight On: Wild & Majestic

29 Jun 2019
14:00 – 15:00 (Doors open 13:45)

Curator Patrick Watt explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.

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Wee Summer Mornings

1 Jul - 26 Jul 2019
10:30-10:55

Join us for short sessions this summer for wee ones at National Museum of Scotland.

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Runrig and Highland History

4 Jul 2019
18:30 – 20:00

Join Dr David Worthington, University of Highlands and Islands, in conversation with Donnie Munro, the former frontman of Scottish rock group Runrig, as they discuss the links between music, history and land in relation to the Highlands.

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Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival

7 Jul 2019
11:00-16:00

Celebrate Tabanata with a magical family afternoon at National Museum of Scotland.

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Summer Holiday Programme

8 Jul - 2 Aug 2019
12:00-16:00

Join us this summer holiday for themed weekly activities at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Free Fringe Music

3 Aug - 25 Aug 2019
14:05 -14:50

Experience the joy of live music at the museum. To celebrate Wild and Majestic, some of Scotland’s best emerging musicians will perform traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets.

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Museum Late: Fringe Friday

9 Aug - 23 Aug 2019
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, Wild and Majestic.

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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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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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