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Jacobite heroine: Snuffbox associated with Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape. This snuffbox, an heirloom of her clan, links the romantic pair.

Slides: Micro-worlds in a box

As microscopes became increasingly popular, so did companies that specialized in slide preparation.

Gold-wrapped jar laid on its side with the base facing forward. Gold thread forms letters around its edge.
The Galloway Hoard rock crystal jar

A unique jar of rock crystal and gold from the Galloway Hoard with a fascinating history – and an intriguing name on it.

Triumph of Prudence tapestry

Hung in Europe’s most noble households, this luxurious tapestry belongs to a Flemish set known as The Triumph of the Seven Virtues. It was woven in Brussels during the early 16th century.

The Eglinton tournament: the quest for authenticity

In August 1839, Lord Eglinton held a mock-medieval tournament at his estate in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The event was hugely popular, and around 100,000 people attended. Step onto the battlefield and discover some of the objects associated with this flamboyant festival here.

Gothic Revival vase by William Burges

This elaborate 19th century vase was created by the architect and designer William Burges, and formed part of his opulent interior decoration design for Cardiff Castle.

MinION DNA sequencing machine

Science and Technology volunteer Susanne Hotvedt introduces this powerful piece of small technology.

Culture vessel

This simple looking object made it possible for the first clinical trials and batch production of penicillin to take place. Its design marks a significant milestone in the history of medicine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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