Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland next summer as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.


From the days of the dancehalls to the emergence of pop in an explosion of colour in the 60s, through the 70s and New Wave, the exhibition will feature global stars and independent local heroes from pop's early days right up to today’s outstanding newcomers. 

Artists and bands to be featured include Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers, and many more. The exhibition will be brought to life through original stage outfits and instruments, many loaned by the artists themselves, plus memorabilia, props, film and, of course, music.

A three-part BBC TV series along with digital and radio content will bring another dimension to the story through the voices of those who made the music, those who witnessed it from behind the scenes, and the fans who lived for it.

Sponsored by

Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

Header image: Midge Ure, with items he is lending to the exhibition, including material related to Live Aid and his hit single ‘Vienna’. Photo © Neil Hanna.

Exhibition information


22 Jun - 25 Nov 2018


Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

How much

Members: free
Adult: £10
Concession:* £8
Child (12–15): £7 (under 12s free)
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

All tickets include a discretionary donation. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation the admission prices are: Adult £9, Concession £7.20, Child £6.30. Tickets are subject to a transaction booking fee and postal costs.

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