2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight from Britain to the United States. On 2 July 1919 Airship R.34 departed from East Fortune Airfield, landing on Long Island, New York 108 hours later.
One of the aims of the Scotland Creates project was to encourage young people to use technology to connect, collaborate and get creative. So we asked our volunteers to create short films to promote their museums to other young people.
Discover how air has been used in modes of transport from airships to hot air balloons and how different species make use of air to travel through flight and gliding.
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.
Find out how this revolutionary telescope was invented, and how it found a home at the National Museum of Scotland.
Become an Autumn Explorer this October half term with family storytelling, outdoor trails and ranger walks. Learn about beavers, bats, bugs and some other animals that live in Scotland today, as well as animals that lived here in the past.
Plan the perfect trip to the National Museum of Rural Life
We are always working with other Scottish museums on partnership projects that can raise the profile of long-term preservation and engagement with collections nationally.
Annual Review 2018
With over 3.1 million visits across all our museums, and nearly 2.2 million visitors to the National Museum of Scotland, we have enhanced our position as one of the most popular museum groups in the world.
Maori craftsmanship and museum conservation bring to life one of our most unusual and intriguing objects.
Gifts for a Jacobite Prince
This touring display of a unique sword and targe from the collections of National Museums Scotland visited Perth Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
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'.
We care for museum collections of national and international importance, presenting and interpreting them for a broad audience. Discover the diversity of all we do here.
See the Galloway Hoard
These unique and rare Viking-age objects lay hidden for a thousand years, but are now saved for the nation thanks to you!
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
Take a look inside one of the most treasured objects in the National Museum of Scotland.
Annual Review 2017
This has been an exceptional year for National Museums Scotland. Across our museums we have welcomed over 2.7 million visitors, 1.84 million of these to the National Museum of Scotland making it the most popular museum outside of London and the most visited attraction in Scotland.
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.
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.