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Mummy Shroud

A unique, full-length mummy shroud, which is over 2,000 years old yet is still in remarkable condition, has been discovered in National Museums Scotland’s collections.

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East Asia Reveal Displays

Sharing new and interesting stories about Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in Scotland.

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Become a Patron

Join as a Patron today and help us care for the remarkable objects in our collections and share their stories with the world.

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Special projects

This vital support from funding and grants enables communities across Scotland to enjoy access to our collections, try fun activities and experience new learning opportunities.

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Dr Margaret Maitland

Dr Margaret Maitland is Principal Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean, and Head of the Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, and Oceania Section.

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Stephen Hewitt

Stephen Hewitt is a Research Associate within the Entomology Section.

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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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Schools

Welcome to a world of learning with National Museums Scotland

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Spotlight On: Our Seas

Curator Fiona Ware and Dr Dan Harries from Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Life & Earth Sciences introduce some of Scotland’s finest marine habitats and discuss the importance of the museum’s specimen collections to monitoring changes in our seas.

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School visits to the National Museum of Flight

Pupils can explore technology or be inspired by history with our newest exhibitions and collection of aircraft.

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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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Woolly mammoth tusks

Two pieces of tusk in our collection show that some woolly mammoths made their home in Scotland, while another provides early evidence of mammoths in North America.

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Dr Sam Alberti

Dr Sam Alberti is Keeper of Science and Technology.

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Discover Robert Burns

Get to know Scottish literary icon Robert Burns through remarkable objects in the collections of National Museums Scotland.

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The Sunday Sketch

Join us to learn how to sketch using our incredible collections as inspiration.

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Sankurie Pye

Sankurie Pye is Curator of Invertebrate Biology.

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Immunity from seizure

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where the conditions are met when the object enters the UK.

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Objects associated with Robert Burns

A variety of objects relating to the life of Scotland's bard can be found in National Museums Scotland's collections.

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Dr Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

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Pacific regions

Search the partner museum collections by Pacific region.

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International exhibitions

Our wide-ranging exhibition programme brings prestigious objects and artworks from around the world to audiences in Scotland, as well as showcasing our international collections.

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Silver, Status and Society – the transition from Late Roman to Early Medieval Europe

National Museums Scotland is establishing an international network of scholars to explore the role of silver in the emergence of the early medieval kingdoms of Europe. This network has been made possible thanks to an award from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Vicen Carrió ACR

Vicen Carrió is the Conservator and Preparator of paleontological material.

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Bob McGowan

Bob McGowan is Senior Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in birds.

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Dr Alison Morrison-Low

Alison Morrison-Low is a Research Associate.

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Dr Susan Beardmore

Sue Beardmore is the John Ellerman Project Curator, based in the Department of Natural Sciences.

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Dr Davide Foffa

Davide Foffa is a Research Fellow funded by the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851.

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Dr Graham E Rotheray

Graham Rotheray is a Research Associate with the Entomology Section and specialises in the biology of higher flies, especially hoverflies.

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Dr Yves Candela

Yves Candela is Curator of Invertebrate Palaeobiology.

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Supporting our sector

We offer advice and support to museums across Scotland, enhancing and developing collections subject expertise through training, targeted projects and partnerships.

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Dr Antje Denner

Antje Denner is a Research Associate to the Department of World Cultures.

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Lower vertebrates collection

Reptiles, amphibians and fishes are mostly kept as spirit specimens in ethanol or formalin.

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The Art of African Metalwork

Discover how brass and copper once featured as mediums of exchange, status and power in Africa through highlights of the museum’s 19th and early 20th century collections from west and central Africa.

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Dr Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser is head of the Department of Natural Sciences and specialises in vertebrate palaeontology.

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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'.

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New thinking, new collecting

This display highlights a small selection from our Scottish History & Archaeology collections, showing how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past, and reflecting the Scotland of today for future generations of museum visitors.

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Dr Godfrey Evans

Dr Godfrey Evans is Principal Curator of European Decorative Arts.

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Dr Tacye Philipson

Dr Tacye Phillipson is Senior Curator of Science.

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Who was Robert Burns?

Discover the life of the National Bard through the collections of National Museums Scotland.

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Louise Innes

Louise Innes is a Research Associate.

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Dr Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart is Assistant Curator of Palaeobiology.

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Dr Stig Walsh

Dr Stig Walsh is Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeobiology.

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Dr Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman is Senior Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in mammals.

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The Glenmorangie Commission

In 2018, the internationally renowned metalsmith Simone ten Hompel was commissioned by National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new artwork inspired by our curatorial research and the Museum’s collection of metal artefacts from early medieval Scotland.

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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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Bird collection

We have about 123,000 bird specimens and other items, comprising mainly skins and egg sets, and fewer skeletons and spirit specimens, giving a broad representation of species from around the world.

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African Barkcloth: Tradition, Innovation and Change

This curatorial research project aims to find out more about the contexts of collection, production and use of the National Museums Scotland African barkcloth collection.

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Discovering Ancient Egypt

A touring exhibition examining Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology through the lives of three remarkable people.

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Material Encounters

This project reassessed military collecting through a pilot study of two British military campaigns, the Seven Years' War in North America (1754-63) and the Younghusband Mission to Tibet (1903-04).

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