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The Lewis chess pieces

These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.

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Top 10 things to see and do

Your journey of discovery starts here...

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Wellbeing at the museum

Resources and ideas to support wellbeing

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Vine arm

This beautiful botanical prosthetic arm was designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata for model Kelly Knox.

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Yogasaurus with T-Yoga

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Yogasaurus with T-Yoga

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Yogasaurus for Families with over 5s

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East Asia in Scotland South

Collections in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders

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Collecting the Present

National Museums Scotland is collecting history as it happens. Our new film series, Collecting the Present, explores objects we have collected recently that document cultural, political and social change in Scotland.

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New thinking, new collecting

This display highlights a small selection from our Scottish History & Archaeology collections, showing how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past, and reflecting the Scotland of today for future generations of museum visitors.

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Scottish Life Archive

The Scottish Life Archive is open to everyone. It aims to collect, record and preserve documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland's material culture and social history.

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Past projects

National Museums Scotland completes a range of diverse and engaging community programmes each year. These examples highlight some of the key activities that have taken place in recent years.

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Items lent by National Museums Scotland

Objects from the National Museums Scotland collection can be found at museums throughout the UK and internationally.

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