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Native American jewellery

Navajo and Pueblo jewellery from the Southwest United States is denoted by its use of turquoise and silver.

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The Kronfol Collection

Finely decorated household items of solid silver were a status symbol under the Pahlavi dynasty.

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Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Discover our Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries.

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Art, Design and Fashion galleries

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

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Natural World galleries

A giant T.rex guards our Natural World galleries, where we ask the big questions: how does the world work? What do we know about it? What is our place in the universe?

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Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

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

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World Cultures galleries

How can you travel around the world without leaving Scotland? By visiting our World Cultures galleries.

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Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives?

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Grand Gallery, Discoveries and Window on the World

Your journey from Scotland to the world begins in the Grand Gallery, one of Scotland's most beautiful spaces.

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Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I as Hanakawado Sukeroku, from the series Thirty-six Selected Floral Parallels (Tōsei mitate sanjūrokkasen)
Japanese theatre print

This beautiful 19th century woodblock print by the acclaimed artist Utagawa Kunisada features the actor Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I.

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Netsuke

Explore our collection of wonderful miniature Japanese sculptures that served functional and aesthetic purposes.

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Japanese writing box

This 19th century writing box displays the height of the Japanese lacquer artist's skill.

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Hanging Scroll Painting

This delightful 18th-century Japanese hanging scroll celebrates the New Year.

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National Museums Scotland Appoints New Director of Collections

National Museums Scotland is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sam Alberti as its new Director of Collections.

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National Museum of Flight

Wing your way to one of Scotland's top days out at East Fortune Airfield.

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Pacific collections at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Investigate the Pacific material in Perth.

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Making Circles Schools Project

The Making Circles schools project invited children to be inspired by National Museums Scotland’s collections to create new Circular Economy products.

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Our Japanese collection

Explore highlights of our Japanese collection, from tiny netsuke to cutting edge designs, superb ceramics to Ainu artefacts.

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Project Catalogues

Explore the catalogues of museum collections surveyed for the research project Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire

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Hidden in Plain Sight

This project brought together specialists from the fields of anthropology and military history to appraise the state of research into non-European military collections.

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About the project

This partnership project uncovers stories of Pacific collections in Scotland.

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Science and Technology department

Ours is one of the most important collections of scientific and technological material in Britain.

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Missionaries and Tibetan material culture

Explore how missionaries made a significant impact on gathering the materials featured within the Tibetan collections at the National Museum of Scotland, with their materials peaking between 1890-1904.

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Dr Sarah Worden

Sarah Worden is Curator of African Collections with a particular interest in textiles and the role of clothing and dress in the expression of identity.

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Dr Qin Cao

Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula.

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Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire, 1750 – 1900

This collaborative research partnership with the National Army Museum reappraises motivations for military collecting. It investigates cultures of collecting by members of the British armed forces while on campaign and garrison duty in Africa and India during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Services and expertise

At National Museums Scotland we aim to share our collections and expertise as widely as possible through research, loans, advice and training.

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World Cultures department

Our World Cultures collections include internationally important material from across the globe.

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African Commemorative Textiles Project with Edinburgh College of Art 2016-17

This creative project opened up our African collections as an inspirational resource for students at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Watch and listen

Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.

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Art and Design department

Our Art, Design and Fashion collections provide a broad picture of European, including British, achievements from AD1100 onwards.

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Friederike Voigt

Friederike Voigt is Principal Curator with responsibility for the West, South and Southeast Asia collections and Head of Asia Section.

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Scottish History and Archaeology department

Our archaeological and Scottish collections cover Scottish material culture from the earliest times to the present day.

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What we do

At National Museums Scotland, we care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible.

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Fossils in Aberdeen and North East Scotland

Collections in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.

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Past research projects

Explore past research projects at National Museums Scotland.

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A relic of General Charles Gordon

A fascinating example of a military relic can be seen in the collections of the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham, Kent.

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Dividing the Spoils: Perspectives on Military Collections and the British Empire

Find out more about our edited volume, published by Manchester University Press.

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Research facilities

National Museums Scotland offers a range of research facilities.

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Knowledge Exchange Workshop: Reconsidering Ethnographic Collections in Regimental Museums

On 11 September 2018 we held our first knowledge exchange workshop at the National Army Museum with a group of curators from different regimental museums across the United Kingdom.

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Touring exhibitions

Touring exhibitions are a great way to share collections across the country and develop partnerships between venues.

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Egypt's Dispersed Heritage

Explore the legacies of the British archaeology in Egypt and the dialogue being created around these collections.

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Library collection

The scope of the library collection reflects the strengths and variety of the Museums’ collections.

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Fossils in Scotland South

Collections in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

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Fossils in Edinburgh and Lothians

Collections in East Lothian, West Lothian and Edinburgh.

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Dr Sam Alberti

Dr Sam Alberti is Keeper of Science and Technology.

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Ideas and resources for families

Have fun with our collections whether you’re at home or outdoors.

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Fossils in Tayside, Central and Fife

Collections in Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus, Fife and Falkirk.

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Egypt in Tayside, Central and Fife

Collections in Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Stirling.

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