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Disentangling wing shape evolution

A recent paper looks at the wing shapes of a South African mayfly, known as the spiny-crawlers (Teloganodidae).

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Ullaich do thuras

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

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Planifique su visita

Planifique su visita al Museo Nacional de Escocia.

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Planowanie wizyty

Planowanie wizyty w Narodowym Muzeum Szkocji.

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Pianificare una visita

Pianificare una visita al Museo Nazionale della Scozia.

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Who was Mary, Queen of Scots?

Arguably the most famous and controversial figure in Scottish history, Mary Stewart has become something of an enigma.

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Portrait cloth commemorating Mary Slessor

Why should a 19th century Scottish woman feature on a contemporary African cloth? Discover the story of Mary Slessor: missionary, magistrate and champion of women's rights.

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Disks from James Clerk Maxwell's colour top

James Clerk Maxwell used these coloured disks during his research into colour vision.

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Closing Romer's Gap: The story so far

If the first four-legged animals had never emerged from water onto land, our world today would not exist. Yet how did this great step happen? The mystery is finally being solved – and fossils discovered in Scotland lie at the heart of the story.

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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.

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Westlothiana lizziae

This very important fossil, affectionately known as ‘Lizzie', was discovered in Scotland in the 1980s and could be the earliest known reptile.

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Our Chinese collection

From ancient ceramics to imperial jade, oracle bones to contemporary propaganda posters, our Chinese collection spans over four thousand years and includes around 11,000 items.

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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.

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The Galloway Hoard vessel

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

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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.

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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!

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计划您的行程

计划您游览苏格兰国家博物馆的行程

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James Clerk Maxwell's thermodynamic surface

James Clerk Maxwell created this 3D model to represent the behaviour of an imaginary substance showing its solid, liquid and gas states.

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How do you design a LEGO typewriter?

The LEGO typewriter consists of over 2000 pieces and features many mechanical details. It moves and sounds just like the real thing!

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Ancient Egyptian collection

National Museums Scotland’s Ancient Egyptian collection comprises around 6,000 items. Explore its rich treasures here.

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Burmese amber

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

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Nature's Palette: Colouring our World

A lavishly illustrated new guide to Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour marking the bicentenary of the publication of the second edition.

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Lennoxlove toilet service

One of our greatest treasures, the Lennoxlove toilet service was discovered at Lennoxlove, a towerhouse near Haddington, to the east of Edinburgh, shortly after the death of the 12th and last Lord Blantyre in 1900.

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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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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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