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The Matter of Slavery in Scotland

‘The Matter of Slavery in Scotland’ was a collaborative research project with the University of Edinburgh which explored the history and legacy of Scotland’s connections with the transatlantic slave system through objects in public collections.

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Scottish collectors and collecting in central Africa, 1870–1930

This project, funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Initiative Grant, is undertaking research into African collections acquired from Scottish travellers, missionaries and explorers, focusing on the period between 1870 and 1930.

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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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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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Secrets of ancient Egyptian statue revealed at Montrose Museum

The subject of an important ancient Egyptian statue held in the collections of Montrose Museum has been identified thanks to a National Museums Scotland review of ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections held in local museums.

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Edinburgh Science Festival Online

Explore the digital alternatives to this year's festival from the comfort of your home.

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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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Major exhibition and BBC Scotland TV series to tell the story of Scottish pop music next summer

National Museums Scotland and BBC Scotland are coming together to tell the story of Scottish pop music in a major collaborative project that will explore the musical culture of a nation over more than half a century.

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STEM engagement

Find out more about the diversity of our science collections, our research and our commitment to science communication through formal and informal learning.

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Pacific regions

Search the partner museum collections by Pacific region.

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