Exhibition
Scotland's Early Silver

13 Oct 2017 - 25 Feb 2018
10:00-17:00

This stunning exhibition explores the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

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Exhibition
Down to Earth

10 Nov 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
10:00 - 17:00

Celebrating the centenary of the Strathmore Meteorite, Down to Earth is a small display that reunites the four fragments for the first time, along with pieces of the three other meteorites found on Scottish soil.

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Exhibition
Modernist Jewellery

1 Dec 2017 - 29 Apr 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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Display
The Fettercairn Jewel

21 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
10:00 - 17:00

This newly acquired and exceptionally rare jewel is on display at the National Museum of Scotland for the first time this autumn.

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Display
BUILD IT! A museum made from LEGO®

1 Jan - 30 Jul 2018

A beautiful three-metre LEGO® model of the National Museum of Scotland is now on display.

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Event
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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Event
Feely Friday

19 Jan - 9 Feb 2018
13:30-16:30

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

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Event
Museum Socials

19 Jan - 16 Mar 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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Exhibition
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

19 Jan - 29 Apr 2018

Experience this iconic exhibition as it returns to Edinburgh on a grand scale.

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Event
February Themed Tours

1 Feb - 28 Feb 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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Event
Members Private View: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

6 Feb 2018
Doors open 17:45, exhibition open 18:00 – 19:30

An opportunity for National Museums Scotland Members to explore the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in an exclusive after hours private viewing.

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Wild Things February Half Term

11 Feb - 16 Feb 2018
11:00-16:00

Join us for daily activities around our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

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Event
Tai Chi in the Museum

16 Feb 2018
12:00 - 16:00

To mark Chinese New Year, join us for pop-up Tai Chi sessions throughout the museum, led by volunteers from the Thistle Foundation’s Centre of Wellbeing. This event is suitable for all ages.

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Chinese New Year

17 Feb - 18 Feb 2018
11:00-16:00

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the museum with family-friendly drop-in activities and traditional celebrations.

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Event
Study Afternoon: The Fettercairn Jewel

20 Feb 2018
14:00 – 16:30.

This event has been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to re-scheduling later in the year.

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Event
Understanding Technology: Fighting the supersonic deception

21 Feb 2018
15:00

The campaign against Concorde in Britain, 1962-1974.

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Event
National Museums Collection Centre tours

22 Feb - 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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Event
Magic Carpet

23 Feb - 30 Mar 2018

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the collection.

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Event
Magic Carpet Minis

23 Feb - 30 Mar 2018

Magic Carpet Mini sessions are especially for really young children and their carers. Come along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting.

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Event
Symposium: New Light on Old Metal

24 Feb 2018
10:00 - 17:00. Doors open 09:00. Registration from 09:30.

A symposium bringing together national and international experts in the field of ancient metallurgy and metalwork collections.

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Event
Careers Hive Open Day

3 Mar 2018
10:00 to 17:00

Join Edinburgh International Science Festival to explore this unique interactive experience designed to highlight the exciting options available to young people aged 11+.

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Event
David Olusoga: Civilisations

8 Mar 2018
18.30 - 20.00. Doors open 18:00.

David Olusoga, one of the three presenters of the new BBC Civilisations series, asks ‘can TV still do that magical thing of bringing people to a place where they believe history and art is for them?’

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Event
Wild Night with Neu! Reekie!

9 Mar 2018
19:30 – 23:00

Explore the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition after hours, and join arts collective Neu! Reekie! for an evening of music, poetry, film and animation.

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Event
FameLab Scottish Regional Final 2018

10 Mar 2018
14:00-16:00

Witness our finest Scottish science communicators as they battle it out to win a place at the FameLab UK National Final.

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Event
Early Doors for Autism: Animal Adventures

24 Mar 2018
09:00-10:00

Inspired by our exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, join us for animal inspired activities developed for autistic children and their families.

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Event
The Sunday Sketch

25 Mar - 20 May 2018
14:00 – 15:30

Join fashion designer Rhys McKenna for the first of our monthly creative sessions as he guides you through a range of drawing activities.

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Event
Edinburgh International Science Festival

31 Mar - 15 Apr 2018
Varies according to event.

Visit the National Museums of Scotland during the Edinburgh International Science Festival to discover activities, events and workshops for all ages.

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Event
Curator Tour: Art of Glass

6 Apr 2018
14:00-15:00

Join Curator Sarah Rothwell and Head of Exhibitions at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Bryony Windsor to gain a unique insight into the Art of Glass exhibition.

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Exhibition
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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Event
Wildlife Photography Student Masterclass

27 Apr 2018
14:00-15:00

Wildlife photographer Sue Flood leads a class for photography students at Edinburgh Zoo.

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Event
In Conversation with Sue Flood

28 Apr 2018
13:30-14:30

Join award-winning photographer and filmmaker Sue Flood as she tells some amazing stories.

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Event
Spotlight On: Fashion & Style

10 May 2018
14:00 – 15:00. Doors open 13:45.

Find out about important recent acquisitions for the NMS Fashion and Textiles collection – and discover the different ways of collecting.

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Display
Astronaut Tim Peake’s Soyuz Spacecraft

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

The Soyuz spacecraft used for European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Station will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland from May to August 2018.

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Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Show

25 May 2018

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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Event
Edinburgh International Children's Festival

26 May - 27 May 2018
10:00-16:30

Edinburgh International Children's Festival opens with a weekend of free performances.

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Event
Craft Scotland Conference - New Ways of Seeing

7 Jun - 8 Jun 2018

The Craft Scotland conference offers makers, curators, industry specialists and those interested in contemporary craft the opportunity to get inspired, share knowledge, and make connections.

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Event
Spotlight On: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

21 Jun 2018
14:00 – 15:00. Doors open 13:45.

Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable joins Dr Robyne Calvert to discuss the collaborative work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, and their international influence.

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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 this summer as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.

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Event
Rip It Up: Key Note Sessions

28 Jun 2018
19:30 – 21:00

Music manager Bruce Findlay and author Ian Rankin talk about the tracks and bands that they can’t live without. The first in a series of events bringing together experts and music industry figures to look back at the key moments in the story of Scottish pop.

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Event
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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Event
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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Event
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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Event
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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