Exhibition
Modernist Jewellery

1 Dec 2017 - 15 Jul 2018
10:00 - 17:00

Discover a generation of designers and makers who embraced innovative and diverse influences, from the natural environment to the non-precious materials they used, that would go on to influence a new wave of jewellery production.

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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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Art of Glass

6 Apr - 16 Sep 2018
10:00-17:00

This exhibition explores the work of leading glass artists in Britain today.

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Magic Carpet

20 Apr - 29 Jun 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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Hidden Gems: Scotland’s Agates

4 May - 2 Sep 2018
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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Tim Peake’s Spacecraft

17 May - 4 Aug 2018
10:00 - 17:00

See the Soyuz spacecraft used for European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Station and accompanying virtual reality adventure.

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Feely Friday

25 May - 29 Jun 2018
13:30-16:30

Discover strange and wonderful objects from our object handling collections every Friday during term time.

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June Themed Tours

1 Jun - 30 Jun 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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National Museums Collection Centre tours

21 Jun - 23 Aug 2018
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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Exhibition
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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Rip It Up Opening Weekend

23 Jun 2018

To mark the opening of our Rip It Up exhibition, join us for a pop up performance from young singer-songwriter Annie Booth and visit our vintage photobooth to be styled as a Scottish pop icon!

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Rip It Up: Key Note Sessions

28 Jun - 1 Nov 2018
19:30 – 21:00

Experts and music industry figures look back at the key moments in the story of Scottish pop and discuss the tracks and bands they can’t live without.

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Summer Music Mayhem

2 Jul - 15 Jul 2018

To celebrate our Rip it Up exhibition, come along for 2 weeks of musical themed activities in our Grand Gallery!

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Rip It Up at Filmhouse

10 Jul - 24 Jul 2018

A special season of film screenings celebrating Scottish pop music and its vital place within youth culture.

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Space Camp

16 Jul - 27 Jul 2018
11:00 - 16:00

Explore the science behind space travel with our Summer Space Camp activities, suitable for all the family.

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Museum Socials

20 Jul - 21 Sep 2018
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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Gilded Balloon at the Museum

1 Aug - 27 Aug 2018
Various times

Fringe favourites Gilded Balloon present 27 days of inspiring and diverse programming at the museum. Showcasing the very best in comedy, theatre, children's shows, music and spoken word.

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Curator Tour: Art of Glass

1 Aug 2018
14:00-15:00

Curator Sarah Rothwell provides a unique insight into the Art of Glass exhibition.

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In Conversation: Geoffey Mann and Karlyn Sutherland

2 Aug 2018
18:30-19:30 (Doors open 18:00)

A conversation with Scottish glass artists featured in the Art of Glass exhibition.

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Free Fringe Music

4 Aug - 26 Aug 2018
14:05 -14:50

Experience the joy of live music at the museum. To celebrate Rip It Up, some of Scotland’s best young contemporary music talents will perform an exciting blend of Scottish pop, traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

10 Aug - 24 Aug 2018
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, Rip It Up.

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POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

15 Aug - 26 Aug 2018
15:30 - 16:15

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) is a new production by Janis Claxton Dance, a series of short (5-minute), pieces created for public spaces.

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Curator Tour: Art of Glass

21 Aug 2018
14:00-15:00

Curator Sarah Rothwell provides a unique insight into the Art of Glass exhibition.

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Prehistoric Gold: Unlocking the Secrets of our Early Treasures

20 Sep 2018
18:30 – 19:45 (Doors open 18:00)

Geologist Dr Jana Horak and archaeologist Dr Alison Sheridan investigate the Chalcolithic (Copper Age) and Bronze Age gold objects that still dazzle and amaze us today.

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Brian Hogg: In Conversation

29 Sep 2018
14:00 – 15:00 (Doors open 13:45)

Brian Hogg, author of All That Ever Mattered: The History of Scottish Rock and Pop, explores the story of Scottish popular music.

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Exhibition
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers

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

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers will showcase a small selection of embroideries drawn from over 500 Scottish samplers in the collection of Leslie Durst – an American with a passion for Scotland.

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Edinburgh Gaelic Festival: Gary Innes and ERA Band

4 Nov 2018
11:30 – 12:00 and 13:05 – 13:45

Gary Innes, Craig Irving and Ewen Henderson – all members of Scottish rock-folk band Mànran – perform a lively mix of self-penned, contemporary and traditional Scots/Gaelic songs and instrumental sets as they take inspiration from our Rip it Up exhibition.

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Discover the story of Scottish pop music as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day in our new exhibition.

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Road closures - Sunday 24 June

Chambers Street, George IV Bridge and other nearby roads will be closed to traffic on Sunday 24 June for the Let's Ride UK cycling festival. The museum will be open to the public as usual.