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Egyptian tomb adventure

Looking for a challenge? Join our expedition to explore an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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Playable games

See the full list of the 100+ playable video games on offer at the Game Masters exhibition from 5 December 2014 - 20 April 2015.

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Commonwealth Games objects

In 2014 Scotland welcomed the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. Objects from our collection give an insight into the history of the games.

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The Three Pyramids

Can you prepare the high priest for the Afterlife? Be quick - you only have until sunrise to collect everything you need!

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Build a pyramid

Can you build a grand pyramid for the king's tomb? Where will you put it? What size will it be? What will you use to build it? And how will you look after your workforce? See if you can succeed in building a pyramid that lasts for thousands of years.

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The Reid Family Christmas and New Year

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years. Find out how the tenth laird and his family celebrated Christmas and New Year on the farm.

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Discover Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt was one of the earliest and longest-lived civilisations, spanning almost 4000 years of history. Explore the world of Ancient Egypt by playing our games.

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Excavating in Egypt

Excavated in 1908, the complete burial of the ‘Qurna Queen’ expands our understanding of a tumultuous time in Egypt’s history.

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Ancient Egypt gallery visit (P1-7)

In February 2019, a new gallery opened at the National Museum of Scotland, dedicated to ancient Egypt. Explore the gallery using Hedjet the Hippo's Ancient Egyptian Adventure trail sheet.

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Ancient Egypt handling box (P1-7)

Classes can discover more about life and death in ancient Egypt by booking our handling box. The box is split into four themes: Life, Mummification, Afterlife and Egyptology.

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Museum Stories: Ancient Egypt Event (P3-5)

Join our museum curators to find out more about their jobs, what they enjoyed when they were children, and to hear some fascinating facts about ancient Egypt.

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Unmask the Lewis chess pieces

Welcome to the world of the Lewis chess pieces! Discover all there is to know about these mysterious figures in this interactive resource.

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Game Masters

Featuring over 100 playable games, Game Masters showcased the work of more than 30 leading videogame designers.

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Discover the Picts

Who were the Picts? Where did they live and what did they wear? What do Pictish symbols mean? Explore their world with our interactive games.

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Play and learn

Play online games exploring a range of museum subjects.

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Bicycles at National Museums Scotland

Journey through a brief history of the early bicycle and discover some of our modern cycling treasures.

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What kind of Scottish popster are you?

Do you prefer stadium anthems or low-fi acoustic sessions? Snakebite or champagne? Find out what kind of Scottish popster you are in our ultimate pop test!

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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.

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Dress like an Egyptian

Dress like an Egyptian queen or a craftsman and learn about Egyptian clothing.

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Egyptian Hieroglyphs

What do ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs mean? Learn to translate them here.

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Temple stores game

How quickly can you help the craftsmen find their basic supplies in the temple stores?

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World Music Composer

Create your own tunes with musical samples from around the world.

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Land of the Picts

Explore the interactive map to find evidence of the Picts in Scotland.

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Dress like a Pict

What did the Picts wear? Help choose their clothes - don't forget their brooch!

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Pictish symbols

Explore Pictish symbols and find out more about what they could mean.

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Ideas and resources for families

Have fun with our collections whether you’re at home or outdoors.

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Build a roundhouse

Iron Age Scots lived in roundhouses made from wood, turf and animal hide. Can you choose the right materials to build your own roundhouse?

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Transformasaur

Help our dinosaur evolve to face changing conditions. How long can he survive?

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Make your own Lewis chess piece

The Lewis chess pieces live in the National Museum of Scotland. Colour them in or cut out and make your own chess piece here.

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Biodiversity: Life In Scotland

Learn about four different ecosystems in Scotland through objects, games and microscopic imagery. Perfect to support your work around COP26, our accompanying resources will allow your class to study biodiversity across Scotland.

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Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives?

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An Egyptian Adventure workshop (P1-3)

Hedjet the Hippo will lead P1–3 pupils on an adventure to the coronation of a new pharaoh.

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Vikings Training School

Learn vital Viking skills by playing our game - will you graduate with flying colours?

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For Teachers: Secondary Resources

Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Third and Fourth Levels and Senior Phase including the First World War, Parasites and Fashion.

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Land of the Egyptians

Explore the Egyptian landscape with our interactive map and learn about life and death along the Nile.

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Museum at home

Wherever you are, there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online.

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Robots

Some robots have arrived at the Museum needing our help! But sometimes the best person to fix a robot... is another robot!

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Micro parasites

We are at war with the malaria parasite! Can you fight this as it transforms into different deadly strains of malaria?

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Elements: Aether

Investigate the 'fifth element' through the wonders of digital technology, from early computers to the development of mobile telephones and robot repairs.

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World Cultures galleries

How can you travel around the world without leaving Scotland? By visiting our World Cultures galleries.

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Dolly and the Atom Smasher

Fly across Scotland with Dolly the sheep, hitch a ride to space on a rocket and collect museum objects along the way.

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The Lewis chess pieces

These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.

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