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
Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

23 May - 20 Oct 2019
Discover how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.
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Exhibition
Microscopes: Nature Revealed

29 Mar - 15 Sep 2019
This display tells the stories of the makers and users of an instrument that has been fundamental in improving our understanding of the natural world.
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Event
Family Day: Edinburgh International Children's Festival

25 May 2019
10:00–17:00
Celebrate the launch of the Edinburgh International Children's Festival with a special family day at the National Museum of Scotland.
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Event
The Matter of Slavery

6 Jun 2019
18:30–19:45
Join us to explore the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade through objects in museums, galleries and historic houses.
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Tour
Deaf-led BSL Tour

23 Jun 2019
15:00–16:00
Take a BSL introductory tour around the National Museum of Scotland and discover the stories about selected objects.
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Event
Spotlight On: Wild & Majestic

29 Jun 2019
14:00–15:00, doors open 13:45
Curator Patrick Watt explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.
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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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