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Hamilton-Rothschild tazza

This Byzantine sardonyx bowl mounted on a 16th-century gold stand is truly a magnificent object.

Relic of an Egyptian bowl.
An Egyptian Luxury in Roman Scotland

Discover how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past as we take a closer look at a very special Roman object with surprising Egyptian origins.

Ten headed papier-mache mask of the demon king Ravana, part of a Chhou dance costume, painted in blues, red, white and black and decorated with beads, sequins and tinsel: India, Bengal, Purulia District, by Nepal Chandra Sutradhar.
Mask of Ravana, the ten-headed demon king

The demon king Ravana and his role in South Asian festivals

Digital scan of the Galloway Hoard silver vessel in full with lid on, placed on a marble table
The Galloway Hoard vessel

The lidded vessel which contained the Galloway Hoard's most precious treasures is itself a revelation.

Art at War

Discover a range of paintings, drawings and pastels from the First and Second World Wars from our military collection.

A red motor car in the Science and Technology galleries.
Planifique su visita

Planifique su visita al Museo Nacional de Escocia.

Two visitors look at a large tapestry hanging on a wall.
Ullaich do thuras

Ullaich do thuras gu Taigh-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba.

A visitor looking at a sculpture bust.
Pianificare una visita

Pianificare una visita al Museo Nazionale della Scozia.

A child plays with a puzzle display in the World Cultures galleries.
Planowanie wizyty

Planowanie wizyty w Narodowym Muzeum Szkocji.

Box of Amenhotep II

This box inscribed with the name of Pharaoh Amenhotep II is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt.

The Cossar newspaper printing press

Discover how this unique piece of Scottish printing heritage found a new home at the National Museums Collection Centre – bringing with it a sprinkle of Harry Potter magic!

Allegro dining suite

The design of this elegant modernist dining suite was once admired by the Queen Mother. Now extremely rare, it makes a significant new addition to the national collection.

Ancient Egyptian and Sudanese collections

National Museums Scotland’s internationally significant ancient Egyptian and Sudanese collections comprise around 6,300 items. Explore its rich treasures here.

Coronation ampulla of Charles I

This curious object, one of the earliest surviving pieces of Scottish-made gold, was used at the Scottish coronation of Charles I, held some eight years after his coronation in London.

Burmese amber

Discover how this enigmatic material is shining a light on ecosystems millions of years old.

Dolly the sheep in a glass case surrounded by vehicle displays in the Science and Technology galleries.


Bruce-Oosterwijck sea clock

This historic Bruce-Oosterwijck pendulum sea clock played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

A visitor admires the Hilton of Cadboll stone, on display in Level -1 in the Early People gallery.
Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scotland galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science, prehistory to pop culture.

Pyramid casing stone

This block is one of the few surviving casing stones from the Great Pyramid of Giza, built for King Khufu. It is the only pyramid casing stone on display outside Egypt.

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