Sir James Black's Nobel Prize medal
Sir James Black was one of the greatest Scottish scientists of the modern era. His work in medicine and pharmacology has improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
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'.
Become a Member
Members receive free access to the National Museum of Rural Life and special events throughout the year, and generous discounts in our shop and café.
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.
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.
Avro Vulcan B.2A
See the world's first delta winged bomber on display at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.
Find out how this revolutionary telescope was invented, and how it found a home at the National Museum of Scotland.
Second World War: Home Front
With the introduction of rationing, the threat of air raids, and the loss of so many workers through conscription, daily life looked and felt very different for people at home in Scotland during the Second World War.
We trace the story of the Australian mammals in the Natural World galleries at the National Museum of Scotland and meet the rare numbat.
Meet Ching Ching the panda, one of the world’s most endangered species in Survival at National Museum of Scotland.
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.
Plan your visit
Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Rural Life.
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.
Second World War: People and Places
Images of people taking part in aspects of everyday life at home and and on the front line during the Second World War from the Scottish Life Archive and the collection.
Victor Gama's instruments
These four unique instruments were specially created for Performance and Lives gallery at the National Museum of Scotland by internationally renowned composer and artist Victor Gama.
Meet Cybraphon, the moody autonomous robot band in a box created by Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND.
General self-led visit
A general self-led visit to the National Museum of Scotland is free to book and allows you to explore a wide range of topics.
Family Puzzle Trail
Download our family trail to help you plan a structured visit to the National Museum of Scotland.
The Cockcroft-Walton generator was developed at the University of Cambridge in the early 1930s to accomplish the first artificial splitting of the atom.
Museum Maker: Bird Safari
Head outdoors and see how many brilliant birds you can spot with the help of some bright binoculars! Learn how to make them here!