W. & R. Chambers collection
There are over 20,000 wood engraving blocks in the W. & R. Chambers Collection at National Museums Scotland. Over 7,000 of these blocks were created to print the illustrations in Chambers’s Encyclopaedia, which was first published in 1859.
Plan the perfect trip to the National Museum of Rural Life
Find out how this revolutionary telescope was invented, and how it found a home at the National Museum of Scotland.
Maori craftsmanship and museum conservation bring to life one of our most unusual and intriguing objects.
Take a look inside one of the most treasured objects in the National Museum of Scotland.
Explore the museum collections and historic airfield with our family trails.
Museum Moves: Family Yoga
Use these seven yoga based poses to move, stretch and get energised, inspired by our collections. You can do each one on its own or all seven together in a 'yoga flow'.
For Teachers: Primary Resources
Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including:
- Writing a story
- Maths and numeracy
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.
Moby the whale
Discover how the skull of a 40ft whale, which captured the heart of the nation, has become a permanent feature at the National Museum of Scotland.
Museum Maker: How to make paper art
We’ve teamed up with upcyling experts Ostrero and artist Bryony Knox to create three paper-cut designs inspired by Scottish animals. Choose from a stately stag, a magical unicorn or a red squirrel!
The designs are inspired by paper-cut art from Mexico . Look out for some examples in our Patterns of Life gallery.
Alexander Peden's mask
Behind this frightening-looking mask, worn as a disguise by the outlawed Covenanting minister Alexander Peden, lies a fascinating story of rebellion and religious conviction.
We trace the story of the Australian mammals in the Natural World galleries at the National Museum of Scotland and meet the rare numbat.
The Corryvrechan Tapestry
Designed by Kate Whiteford, the title of the work refers to the notorious whirlpool to the north of the island of Jura and draws on the artists's fascination with signs and symbols of ancient civilisations.
Among the museum's collection in storage are a group of Thai ceramics excavated at Sawankhalok.
LEGO® Concorde Model
Especially for us, master builder Warren Elsmore and his team have created a LEGO® Big Build of our very own Concorde.
From the early 20th century, the tractor helped to transformed farm life in Scotland. There are several examples on display in the collection at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.
Meet Ching Ching the panda, one of the world’s most endangered species in Survival at National Museum of Scotland.
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.
Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.
Heddle's mineral collection
Mineral collecting was Matthew Heddle's main passion. Several of his minerals are on display in the National Museum of Scotland.
The Storming of Tel-el-Kebir
The battle of Tel-el-Kebir was a decisive moment in the British maintaining order in Egypt in the late 19th century and its depicted in a magnificent painting at National War Museum.
Avro Anson G-APHV
This vintage Avro Anson first flew in 1935, when it represented leading edge technology.