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.

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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New Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Our new Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries are now open!
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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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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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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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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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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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