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Schmidt telescope

Find out how this revolutionary telescope was invented, and how it found a home at the National Museum of Scotland.

Dalek cyborg emerging from a vortex in space with a DNA double helix, police box, and earth in the background.
Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder explored the science behind the global hit television series Doctor Who and give fans a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures from a scientific perspective.

Gold-coloured brooch and pin, intricately decorated with raised Pictish-style patterns and red gemstones.
Members’ Spotlight: New Insights on Viking Burials

Join us for this exclusive Member event to learn more about one of the rarest Viking-age discoveries in Scotland.

Two adults and a child look at Lego models on a table.
Awesome Bricks

Join us for an awesome weekend of hands-on LEGO® at the National Museum of Flight.

Rectangles of yellow cake with white icing and floral decorations
Eating at the museum

Enjoy a range of freshly prepared food and drink in our two cafés at the museum.

Visitors look at a willow sculpture of a cat sitting on a wall
Willow Sculpture Trail

Discover our new trail on a walk to the farm.

A man reaches up to clean the outside of a passenger window of a British Airways plane.
Visiting FAQs

Learn more about what’s changed to help you plan your visit.

An adult and a child sit on stools sketching infront of a case of taxidermy.
Wellbeing Week: Mindful Art at the Museum

Join artist Kayleigh McCallum and mindfulness practitioner Charlene Duncan for mindful sketching in our galleries.

Waka Taua

Maori craftsmanship and museum conservation bring to life one of our most unusual and intriguing objects.

Monymusk reliquary

Take a look inside one of the most treasured objects in the National Museum of Scotland.

A moment of eye contact with a leopard as it curls its tail, while striding over water.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Find out about our collection of aero-engines and propellers on a curator-led tour of our Object Store.

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: - Mandarin - Writing a story - Maths and numeracy

Brown-orange bronze armlet, shaped like a tube, decorated with bold symbols in relief.
Benin collections at National Museums Scotland

For centuries the highly skilled artists and artisans of the Edo Kingdom have produced outstanding artworks of immense cultural value in the royal city of Benin in present day Nigeria.

Blaschka models

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

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.

Enigmatic eurypterids

Important type specimen discovered on display at the National Museum of Scotland.

Closeup of Alexander Peden's mask. Resembles a human decaying human face with eye holes and real light brown hair with beard.
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.

Painting of a chaotic battle scene of soldiers forcing a chateau gate closed against opposing soldiers on the other side.
Objects linked to Waterloo

Explore the story of Waterloo at the National War Museum.

Two visitors looking at mosaic tiles hanging on a wall.
Top 10 things to see and do

Your journey of discovery starts here...

Britten-Norman Islander G-BELF

The island-hopping Britten-Norman Islander is one of the most versatile aircraft ever built.

Muonionalusta meteorite

Discover how an extra-terrestrial exhibit was made ready for display in the National Museum of Scotland.


We trace the story of the Australian mammals in the Natural World galleries at the National Museum of Scotland and meet the rare numbat.

Atlantic slave trade learning resources

Discover how objects in the museum’s collections can help us explore Scotland’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade and the abolitionist movement.


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.

Ching Ching

Meet Ching Ching the panda, one of the world’s most endangered species in Survival at 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.


Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.

Social Impact Toolkit

This toolkit was created in partnership with museums across Scotland to explore ways to measure and articulate the social impact of engagement with autistic children, their families and young people.

Gérard Quenum's 'L'Ange'

This bold and engaging sculpture is a mixed media piece made from recycled found objects.

Newcomen atmospheric engine

Visitors to the Scotland Transformed gallery at National Museum of Scotland cannot miss the mighty Newcomen engine.

A person with there arms folded standing in front of a lego model of a concorde plane.
LEGO® Concorde Model

Especially for us, master builder Warren Elsmore and his team have created a LEGO® Big Build of our very own Concorde.

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.

Six hands holding five Poplar hawkmoths
Insect Week: Moth Hunters

Celebrate Insect Week 2024 with family friendly activities at the National Museum of Flight.

Museum Screen Time: expert reacts to the Viking Age in pop culture

Join Galloway Hoard researcher Dr Adrián Maldonado as he reacts to depictions of the Viking Age in movies, TV and video games.

Museum Maker: How to make an owl badge

We’ve teamed up with upcycling experts Ostrero and artist Bryony Knox to create a design for a cool owl badge – made form a fizzy drinks can! Try it out today.

Woman and man smiling in a gallery with glass cases out of focus..
Become a Member

Help protect remarkable objects and be the first to hear about the stories they hold.

A painting of several men in a battlefield trench in el Kebir, Egypt.
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.

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