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On this page you'll find a whole host of films and animations (plus the odd podcast) to help you delve into our remarkable collections.

You can also find more things to watch on our YouTube channel and audio from National Museums Scotland events on Soundcloud

One Night in the Museum

There's still time to catch up on the BBC series. Find out what happens when three groups of friends from different primary schools visit the National Museum of Scotland at night.

Watch on BBC iPlayer
Several Ancient Egypt artefacts in a glass cabinet.

Ancient Egypt Gallery

Join Principal Curator Margaret Maitland for a guided virtual tour of our Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery. Explore themes of family, home, togetherness and separation as she reveals her personal highlights.

Ancient Egyptian gallery tour
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Making the Museum

How do you get more than 3,000 objects ready for display in ten brand new galleries?

This unique five-part series explores how our curators and conservators did just that – from stitching together a giant porcelain lion, playing jigsaw with a priceless marble fireplace, and restoring one of the world's first flying machines.

Watch the series
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Museum animations

What did ancient Egyptian priests do all day? How is the Chinese calendar organised? Can you really print a woolly jumper?

Delve into our animated adventures exploring everything from the latest science and technology to the best way to learn Mandarin.

Watch our animated films
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Collecting the present

National Museums Scotland is collecting history as it happens.

This beautiful series of films take a look at the personal meanings of five unique objects through the eyes of the people who are closest to them.

Collecting the Present
The Declaration of Arbroath laid out on a grey foam protective base set against a black background. The Declaration has dense Latin script across it with two small patches missing, and many strips dangling from the bottom affixed with green and red wax seals.

Declaration of Arbroath podcast

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath we explore its creation and ask why it still resonates today.

Join National Museums Scotland's Dr Alice Blackwell, Senior Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History, and Professor Dauvit Broun in this museum podcast.

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Search the Collections

Explore our online database of over 694,000 objects – from ancient Egyptian artefacts to iconic objects from the history of Scotland.

Search our collections

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You can discover the collections in many different ways

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