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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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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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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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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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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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December Themed Tours

1 Dec - 31 Dec 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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Museum Socials

21 Dec 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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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

Take part in a ceilidh session especially for wee ones, get your toes tapping to some live traditional music and make a robot resolution!

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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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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
3:30 – 14:05 and 15:00 – 15:35

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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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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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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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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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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