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Moroccan water basin

This unique water basin, shaped like a citadel, was made by Moroccan potters, probably as a diplomatic gift, in the 19th century.

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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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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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Norrie's Law hoard

This early medieval silver, unearthed in Fife during the 19th century, is one of the largest Pictish hoards ever to be found.

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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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Pocket watch from the shipwreck of the Swan

Salvaged from a shipwreck, this pocket watch has lain under water for over 300 years. But now a high-tech process has uncovered the hidden secrets of this rusty artefact.

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Vase by Hamish Dobbie

This beautiful piece was commissioned from Scottish silversmith Hamish Dobbie by the P&O Makower Trust for the Making and Creating gallery.

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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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Stone Age jade from the Alps

Found in Scotland, these exquisite axeheads were made over 6,000 years ago, high in the Italian Alps.

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St Ninian's Isle treasure

Unearth a fascinating Pictish treasure trove.

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Cloud Glass 1

This remarkable contemporary artwork by artist Bouke de Vries is constructed from fragments of glass and porcelain dolls.

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Necklace and bracelet designed by Charles de Temple

Charles de Temple was a pioneer in the method of melting and transforming gold into abstract forms.

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Pinkie Maclure

Pinkie Maclure marries traditional craft techniques with a radically different aesthetic approach to stained glass.

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Gayle Matthias

Gayle Matthias challenges our perceptions of glass and embraces industrial processes.

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Traprain law dish

New research and digital technology has allowed us to recreate a huge Roman dish from the Traprain Law hoard.

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Wedgwood plates by Eduardo Paolozzi

These rare Wedgwood plates were designed by the famous Scottish artist and sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Ida Pappenheim scent bottle collection

In 1971, over 300 beautiful scent bottles were donated to National Museums Scotland. The scent bottles were collected by Ida Pappenheim. Discover the story behind this charming collection.

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Taguchi Fumiki's Wound Around choker

This acquisition by contemporary Japanese artist, Taguchi Fumiki, has been laboriously carved to sparkle like diamonds.

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Fully fashioned

This exhibition celebrated the 200th anniversary of Pringle of Scotland.

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The Ann Paludan image library of historical Chinese sculptures

The Ann Paludan Photographic Archive consists of more than 10,000 photographsof historical Chinese sculptures, and represents over thirty years of site visits and research by writer and art historian Ann Paludan (1928–2014).

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Masters of Japanese Porcelain

This small exhibition focused on four of the finest porcelain artists working in Japan in the late 19th century.

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Awesome Bricks at home

Recreate your favourite museum objects and places using the LEGO® you have at home!

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Jean Jenkins collection

Delve into the diverse collection of pioneering ethnomusicologist Jean Jenkins.

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Weituo

Meet the Buddhist guardian who's watched over the museum for almost 80 years.

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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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Bracelet designed by Barbara Cartlidge

This bracelet is an early example of Barbara Cartlidge’s work. Like many of the Nordic designers, Cartlidge chose to emphasise the natural form of gemstones in simple silver settings.

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Articulated Necklace by Dorothy Hogg

This articulated silver necklace encapsulating a large labradorite disc is one of Dorothy Hogg’s earliest works (1969-70).

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Traprain Law treasure

Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, this hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.

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13th century reliquary casket

This rare and beautiful 13th century reliquary was made in Limoges to house the relics of saint.

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Express Yourself

Express Yourself explored the commissioning, collecting and creators of jewellery including leading UK jewellers and fashion designer Jean Muir.

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Sanaa Gateja's bead-work shawl

Colourful and intriguing, this shawl transforms waste paper into a statement piece of art and fashion.

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'Sculpture look' by Craig Green

This dramatic ensemble by British designer Craig Green heads up the catwalk in our Fashion and Style gallery.

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Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh

Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh is by renowned British Sikh artists, The Singh Twins.

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Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) designed by Kaj Franck

Kaj Franck designed Morning in Athens in 1954, this piece remained in production until 1975.

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Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Discover our Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries.

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The Fabric of Life: Early Polynesian barkcloth in context

This collaborative project combines research on one of the founding collections of the National Museums Scotland and fieldwork with contemporary makers in Polynesia to investigate the history, changing nature and present-day significance of barkcloths, many of which date back to the first European exploratory voyages in the Pacific region.

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Gold object of the week No. 10

The Minch torc: a treasure from the deep

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The Rise and Fall of Hamilton Palace

The destruction of Hamilton Palace, the grandest stately home in Britain, was one of the greatest losses to national heritage ever to happen in this country. This is the story of how Scotland’s biggest treasure trove was won and lost.

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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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Museum Art Challenge 2021

Looking for something creative to do this December? The Museum Art Challenge invites you to make art inspired by our incredible collections. With five weekly themes to get you thinking, you can take part from near or far simply by emailing us a picture of your finished artwork.

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Chains II tapestry designed by Archie Brennan.
Chains tapestry

Huge chains strike the eye with a comic book grandeur. Yet this is no comic or Pop Art painting but an Archie Brennan tapestry from 1977 entitled Chains.

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Blaschka models

Discover how these amazing glass models have been educating and inspiring visitors for almost 150 years.

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Self-guided group visits

Information to plan your self-guided group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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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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Printing methods

There are many methods for printing textiles, some relatively recent inventions, others in existence for thousands of years. Each printing method has its own advantages – some are quick to execute, others are cheap and cost effective, with certain techniques the only ones possible in the production of a particular type of pattern.

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