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Outstanding Silver Beaker by Scottish Silversmiths Donated to National Museums Scotland

A new piece designed by noted Scottish silversmith Grant McCaig and hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches has been donated to National Museums Scotland.

National Museums Scotland 2018 programme

National Museums Scotland 2018 Programme: Wildlife Photography, Scottish Pop Music and Glass Art.

Major Art Fund donation to Galloway Hoard campaign as public appeal is launched

The campaign to raise the £1.98 million required to save the Galloway Hoard for the nation has received a significant boost thanks to a funding contribution of £400,000 from Art Fund. The generous donation takes the campaign to secure the hoard - the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland - to the half-way point.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

This summer National Museums Scotland will present the largest exhibition about the Jacobites to be held in over 70 years.

Dr Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser is head of the Department of Natural Sciences and specialises in vertebrate palaeontology.

Colonial collections

Find out more about how colonial collectors gathered a broad range of objects from areas that were, and still are, considered ethnically and culturally Tibetan to some degree, including areas of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh and West Bengal.

The Umbrian Madonna: history and analysis

The first stage of this interdisciplinary project explored the history of the sculpture and included a scientific analysis of its components. The findings informed the conservation and display of this rare piece.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership opportunities

National Museums Scotland is a member of the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium. The Consortium is a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Turkey red pattern
North America

Much of the cotton used by the Scottish Turkey red manufacturers in the early years of the industry came from North America. This cotton was dyed and printed in Scotland and much of it was sent back to America in the form of bandannas, scarves and even flags.

East Asia, Africa and Australia

Although India was the biggest market for the Scottish Turkey red manufacturers, this did not stop the Vale of Leven firms from seeking out new customers. By the end of the nineteenth century they had established trade links with the Far East, Africa, Australia and the South Pacific.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

Find out more about reopening