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Korean Glass 15

How can a vase reflect the experience of living between two cultures? This beautiful vase created by South Korean, Edinburgh-based artist Choi Keeryong, expresses this sense of 'inbetween-ness'.

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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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Mami Wata brass tray

This embossed object is one of thousands of shallow brass basins, bowls and trays from Europe which were traded extensively along the west coast of Africa.

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De Lucci table

This rare 17th-century table is an exceptional example of exuberant baroque design.

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Visitors outdoors in front of the Vulcan airplane
Plan your visit

Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Flight.

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Museum tours and trails

Explore museum highlights and discover new objects, themes and stories

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Cloud cabinet

This magnificent maple cabinet was designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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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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Climate emergency films

Explore how we use our collections to understand the past, present and future of the climate emergency.

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Percy Pilcher's Hawk glider

Pioneering Percy Pilcher could have been the first person ever to fly. But why did the glider he designed never take off?

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Newbridge chariot reconstruction

This splendid reconstruction brings to life an Iron Age chariot discovered at Newbridge, near Edinburgh Airport. Chariot burials were very exclusive, and this is the oldest in Britain.

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South Asian Stories trail

A collaborative trail at the National Museum of Scotland on stories of South Asian cultural and religious life.

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Culloden: Portrait of the Duke of Cumberland

This portrait celebrates the victory of the commander of the British government forces, Prince William Augustus, at Culloden.

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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.

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Two red tractors in a store at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Accessibility

We want everyone who comes to our museums to have a safe and enjoyable visit.

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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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Commercial aviation in the 20th century

Thursday 25 June 2020 marks the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer. We mark this occasion with a look back at how commercial aviation has changed.

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The poppy

Find out how and why the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance in the aftermath of the First World War.

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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.

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A sheep and two lambs in a grassy field.
Annual Pass

Make unlimited visits for 12 months with your National Museum of Rural Life ticket.

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View of the underside of the Concorde inside an aircraft hangar
Accessibility

We want everyone who comes to our museums to have a safe and enjoyable visit.

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Child interacting with a display in the Patterns of Life gallery.
Top 10 activities to try with kids

The National Museum of Scotland is full of fun for kids of all ages!

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Climate Change for Kids

Join our special guest, Dr Sian Henley from the University of Edinburgh to learn how climate change impacts young people around the world and Dr Ali Clark, Senior Curator, Oceania who will share how artists respond to climate change. Find out how to take part in the nationwide art project, Climate Change for Kids: Rising Heat, Raising Hope. Suitable for P5 – S2.

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Ere ibeji figures

These carved wooden sculptures from West Africa represent the souls of deceased twins.

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Tea service of the Emperor Napoleon

This great silver-gilt tea service was created for the Emperor Napoleon and his second wife, the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, shortly after their wedding in 1810.

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Two visitors looking at an interactive touch screen in front of a large tapestry.
Museum map

Find out what to see and do as you plan your visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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The Fettercairn Jewel

Acquired in 2017, this rare jewelled and enamelled locket conceals secrets which could shed new light on the Scottish Renaissance. Join us on a journey of discovery as our curators, conservators and scientists work to unravel the Fettercairn Jewel's mysteries.

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The story of syringes

Syringes are important medical tools and have been around for thousands of years. With the ongoing vaccination effort against COVID-19, you or a loved one may well have encountered one quite recently.

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Paisley shawl pattern, short length of a woven border with long cone or buta shapes at the centre, detailed multi-coloured design predominantly in shades of red, blue and green.
Paisley shawl

Paisley pattern - or our humble Buta - the most celebrated motif of Indian weavers

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Tamworth pig

Tamworth pigs are well suited to the Scottish climate and are one of the oldest surviving pig breeds.

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Highland cattle

One of Britains's most distinctive, and best-known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highland cattle have remained largely unchanged over the centuries.

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A woman in a blue RAF uniform is looking directly at the camera, outside at the National Museum of Flight.
Air Raid Tours

Explore our newly refurbished air raid and blast shelters with our costumed guide.

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A hippopotamus and her two offspring resting in the clear water of a shallow lake.
BSL Tours: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Explore Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a BSL tour for those who are Deaf/BSL users.

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Comme des Garçons 'Bump' dress

This iconic dress by Rei Kawakubo subverts traditional ideals about how women should look.

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A group of toddlers and adults sit on a carpet in the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery.
Relaxed Magic Carpet

Join us for a relaxed Magic Carpet session as we explore the museum through interactive songs, rhymes and sensory play.

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Community group visits

Find out how we can support your community group visit.

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Getting to the Meat of It

The Effects of a Captive Diet upon the Skull Morphology of the Lion and Tiger

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Four visitors look through a display case in the Fashion and Style gallery.
Explore the galleries

From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, our galleries contain treasures from around the world.

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Five mannequins stand on a runway in our Fashion and Style Galleries featuring looks from designers.
Art, Design and Fashion galleries

These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style.

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de Havilland Comet 4C

The de Havilland Comet was the world's first commercial passenger jet aircraft.

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Jean Muir archive

In a fashion career spanning more than 40 years, Jean Muir acquired a reputation for restrained, elegant design and a devoted following. Explore signature styles from the Jean Muir archive and discover what made her designs so innovative and enduring.

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A child and adult looking at a geological specimen.
Relaxed Curiosity Club

Exciting, hands-on sessions for curious ASN families.

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Doug Allan stands in pink jacket with camera on tripod.
Behind the Lens: Doug Allan

Join Doug Allan as he shares personal insights from his 40-year career at the frontiers of climate breakdown as a photographer, filmmaker, diver and author.

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Young children are sat cross-legged on the floor with their parents, looking up at something beyond the camera in awe.
Edinburgh International Children's Festival: Family Encounters Day

Join us as we kick off the 2024 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival with a day of free pop-up performances and activities for the whole family.

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An illustration of a young girl with butterfly wings floating away on a dandelion
Slow Down Sunday for Families

Join author and mindfulness teacher Natasha Iregbu as she invites families to practice mindfulness in a fun and enjoyable way.

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A group of four adults with babies sitting in the museum, taking part in a Magic Carpets session
Parental Wellbeing Meetup

Come together with other families in Edinburgh for a cuppa, cake and chat, supported by social enterprise Kin Collective.

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