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Object Handling Sessions

Discover more about your topic using one of our object handling boxes

Containing real and replica objects as well as a range of suggested activities, these boxes can be tailored by teachers to suit the learning needs of their class. Each in-person session starts with an introduction by from our learning team


Bookings for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on 19 August 2024.


About our handling boxes


£30 per class (max 33 pupils)

Suitable For

P1 - S6


10:15/11:30/12:45 (45mins)


Please check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your session.


Limited. Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays within term time

Boxes available



Ancient Egypt

Animals, Ecosystems and Interdependence

Teachers' Notes

Teachers’ notes for each box are available to download below. Notes will also be provided with the box.



Ancient Egypt

Animals, Ecosystems and Interdependence (Primary, Secondary)




Curriculum links

You can explore the handling box notes before your visit to plan how this will link into the curriculum and your work in class. Below are some of the ways taking part in a session with your class links to the CfE Experiences and Outcomes:

HWB 0-12a / HWB 1-12a / HWB 2-12a / HWB 3-12a / HWB 4-12a 

LIT 1-02a 

LIT 2-02a 

SOC 0-01a           

SOC 1-01a           

 SOC 2-01a           

SOC 3-01a

SOC 4-01a

Terms and Conditions

  • Scottish State schools should raise a Purchase Order through their Local Authority procurement system for the maximum cost of charged sessions.
  • Purchase Order numbers should be notified to at least 7 days in advance of the visit.
  • For sessions charged per pupil, schools will be charged for the number of pupils booked, unless 10 days advance notice of change in numbers is notified to
  • National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations or no-shows.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 3 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events.
  • No-show or last-minute cancellations of free workshops or staff-led sessions may incur a £50.00 administration fee
  • In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the administration fee
  • Cancellations should be notified in writing to
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