National Museum of Scotland

Our diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof.

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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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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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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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Display
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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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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Museum information

Opening times

Daily: 10:00-17:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00
New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00

Admission

Free, donations welcome

How to find us

Chambers Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1JF
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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