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Museum Stories with Chief Chebe

Join Chief Chebe as he takes you on two African storytelling adventures at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Thank you

Thanks to your help we have now raised the funds required to complete the 15-year long transformation of the National Museum of Scotland.

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Glenmorangie Research Project into Early Medieval Scotland

The Early Medieval period (around AD 300 – 900) is a very important part of Scotland’s past. Coming just after the Romans left Britain and before the arrival of the Vikings, it was a time of great creativity in Scotland.

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New to the National Collection

New to the National Collection showcased the latest additions to our collections, including objects that will feature in ten new galleries in 2016.

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Clydesdale horse

Our beautiful Clydesdale horses are one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Rural Life

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The Reid family

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years.

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Scotland's Early Silver on film

Discover the story of Scotland’s early silver and how this precious metal helped to shape the first kingdoms of Scotland.

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History of National Museums Scotland

Discover our story from the 18th century to the present day.

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Romans in Scotland: learning resources

Tools to help aid teaching and learning about the Romans in Scotland

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Flying into the Future Trail

Discover how engineers are working to make air travel less damaging to the environment with this museum trail.

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Bicycles at National Museums Scotland

Journey through a brief history of the early bicycle and discover some of our modern cycling treasures.

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Paper fan depicting the Siege of Stirling, 1746, acquired by Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
National Fund for Acquisitions

The National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA) helps museums, galleries, libraries and archives throughout Scotland to make acquisitions for their collections.

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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Wild Scotland Photo Challenge 2018

Our Wild Scotland Photo Challenge celebrated Scotland's wildlife in all its beauty and diversity.

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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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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.

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Scotland Creates

How do we express our Sense of Place? Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with our staff and at four partner museums to explore where they come from.

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Scotland's Early Silver

This exhibition explored the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

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Venue hire at our other museums

The National Museum of Flight, National Museum of Rural Life and National War Museum present further opportunities for entertaining on every scale.

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Monymusk reliquary

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

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Visiting our museums

Discover the latest information about visiting our museums

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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.

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Autumn Explorers

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.

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New to the National Collections

This small display highlighted a selection of the recent acquisitions at National Museums Scotland.

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Ruston & Hornsby No.6 steam excavator

Discover the classic Ruston steam excavator, and find out how our conservation team restored it to its former glory.

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Scotland 365: Youth engagement project

Scotland 365 is an exciting new project to transform the way we engage young people aged 16-25 with our collections.

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About us

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.

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Maths Week Scotland

Maths Week Scotland is a week of events and activity, with special events throughout the year. Now in its fifth successful year, Maths Week Scotland will take place 27 September - 3 October 2021 with the theme 'Our World'.

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An Egyptian Luxury in Roman Scotland

Discover how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past as we take a closer look at a very special Roman object with surprising Egyptian origins.

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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.

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Trading Places: Exploring Scotland’s commercial diaspora, past and present

This workshop seeks to expand academic knowledge and improve museum interpretation of Scotland’s commercial diaspora, focusing on the material culture of short-term economic migration. The project is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Job vacancies

National Museums Scotland employs approximately 430 staff working in a variety of roles. Interested in working with us? See our current vacancies here.

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Fossils in Scotland South

Collections in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

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National projects

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.

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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.

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Newcomen atmospheric engine

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

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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.

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Visiting with additional support needs pupils

We have a range of initiatives to support and welcome pupils with additional support needs to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Egypt in Scotland South

Collections in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

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Elements: Air

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.

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National Museums Collection Centre

The National Museums Collections Centre in Granton, Edinburgh is a specialist facility where we care for and research our collections.

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Amateur Microscopists

In the early 18th century, natural history was an increasingly popular pastime and many people visited fields and ponds, often bringing a microscope, to investigate the flora and fauna.

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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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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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Tractors

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.

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Scotland's Early Silver

This touring exhibition explores the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

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Waka Taua

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

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Mandarin at the Museum

Learn how to say colours in Mandarin, explore the museum collections virtually and create your own Chinese object card.

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