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Architecture trail of the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is housed in magnificent buildings. Find out about its striking architectural details below, and explore them further on your next visit to our Museum.

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National Museum of Scotland

Your journey of discovery starts here.

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland on Google StreetView

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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Venue hire at the National Museum of Scotland

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the National Museum of Scotland offers an impressive selection of venues for a wide range of events.

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National Museum of Scotland resources

Resources for your class visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Educational Group Visits to the National Museum of Scotland

Book a self-guided educational group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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The Maiden

Long before the French Revolution, the Scots had invented and were using the beheading machine known as the Maiden. It was used to execute criminals and political opponents of the crown from 1564 to 1710.

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History of the National Museum of Scotland

In 2016, we celebrated 150 years since the magnificent building that houses the National Museum of Scotland first opened to the public. Explore the Museum’s history here.

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Romans in Scotland: Trimontium Museum loan

Discover objects on loan to the new Trimontium Museum in the Scottish Borders

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Rediscovering Viking-age Scotland with Michael Wood

Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood joins Dr Adrián Maldonado, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, to discuss Adrián’s new book, 'Crucible of Nations: Viking Age to Medieval Scotland'. The book reassesses the museum’s Viking-age collections, uncovering an exciting new vision of Scotland’s diverse and creative past.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Visitors discovered some of the treasures within the National Museum Scotland's significant collection of oracle bones, the second largest in the world outside of China.

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People's Postcode Lottery

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are able to create opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to enjoy our museums and connect with inspiring collections.

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Tartan barkcloth by José Hendo

This striking fusion of styles, traditions, and Scottish and Ugandan cultures is designer José Hendo's sustainable fashion statement for our times.

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The Luxury of Time: Clocks from 1550-1750

The Luxury of Time displayed a collection of rare and significant historical timepieces telling the story of a golden age of innovation in British watch and clockmaking.

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L’Éden panoramic wallpaper

Uncover the landscape of L’Éden, a set of 20 rolls of 19th-century scenic wallpaper and discover how this spectacular wallcovering has been conserved by the Museum.

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Tour of the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery

Join curator Lydia Prosser for a guided virtual tour of our Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

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See the Galloway Hoard

These unique and rare Viking-age objects lay hidden for a thousand years, but are now saved for the nation thanks to you!

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Colour photo of a combine harvester being used in the field.
Harvesting machinery of the 20th century

At the National Museum of Rural Life we have a significant collection of 20th-century harvesting machines in our large machinery store.

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National War Museum

Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of Scotland at war.

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National Museum of Flight

Wing your way to one of Scotland's top days out at East Fortune Airfield.

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National Museum of Rural Life

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum, farmhouse and historic working farm.

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National War Museum Library

The Library is based in the National War Museum within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

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Aircraft Guides, National Museum of Flight

We are currently looking for volunteer aircraft guides at the National Museum of Flight.

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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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Items lent by National Museums Scotland

Objects from the National Museums Scotland collection can be found at museums throughout the UK and internationally.

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Romans in Scotland: Highlight objects

See five highlight objects that summarise the legacy of Rome's invasions of Scotland

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A history of collecting Tibet at National Museums Scotland

Discover more about the history of collecting Tibetan objects at National Museums Scotland, peaking during 1890-1930 with the Younghusband Expedition.

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Making the Museum

More than 10 million objects make their home at the National Museum of Scotland. Discover the secrets of our treasures with this unique five-part series.

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National Museum of Flight resources

Resources for your class visit to the National Museum of Flight.

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Scotland and the Caribbean

What do museum collections reveal about Britain’s and Scotland’s role in the Transatlantic slave system and the experiences of enslaved people?

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Pacific collections at National Museums Scotland

Explore the Pacific collection at National Museums Scotland in more detail.

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National War Museum resources

Resources for your class trip to the National War Museum.

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Job vacancies at National Museums Scotland Enterprises Ltd

Find out more about working with our Publishing, Retail and Hospitality & Events teams within National Museums Scotland Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Museums Scotland that supports our work.

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A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

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National Museum of Rural Life resources

Resources to use during your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Farmhouse guides, National Museum of Rural Life

We are currently looking for volunteer farmhouse guides at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Scotland Creates

Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place was a two-year project working with four partner museums across Scotland to give young people the opportunity to work alongside curators and other creative partners.

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Discover the Museum

Discover the Museum brings classes from schools who are not regular visitors, from areas of mid-high deprivation within Edinburgh, to the National Museum of Scotland for a free, self-led, supported visit.

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Romans in Scotland: The Roman army

The Roman army was drawn from many corners of the vast Roman Empire

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Romans in Scotland: Life on the frontier

Forts were not just military bases, they became the heart of communities

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Survival Skills

Take part in survival skills training for all the family at the National Museum of Flight this October half term. Learn how to set up a ‘leave no trace' camp in the Concorde Hangar and sign up for our family bushcraft workshop.

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Request a Self-Guided Educational Group Visit to the National Museum of Scotland

This form is to request a self-guided educational group visit to the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh). All visits must be booked in advance.

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Living in Renaissance Scotland: the highs and lows

Join curator Anna Groundwater for a guided virtual tour of life in Renaissance Scotland at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Museum Art Challenge

What inspires you in our museums? Get creative and join our month-long online art challenge at National Museums Scotland!

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Museum libraries

Our library services support the research and learning needs of Museum staff, visitors, and the wider external research community.

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Museum virals

One of the aims of the Scotland Creates project was to encourage young people to use technology to connect, collaborate and get creative. So we asked our volunteers to create short films to promote their museums to other young people.

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About Scotland Creates

Here's where you can find out all about our project, Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place!

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