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National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Clock from Pioneering Attempt to Determine Longitude at Sea

National Museums Scotland has acquired a historic Bruce-Oosterwijck longitude pendulum sea clock, which played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that had made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

Dr Gordon Rintoul to step down as Director, National Museums Scotland

Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director, National Museums Scotland has announced that he will be stepping down in March 2020 after 18 years in the role.

National Museum of Scotland Goes Live with Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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.

National Museums Scotland announces 2021 Exhibition Programme

One of the archaeological finds of the century, spectacular wildlife and the revolutionary impact of the typewriter are among the highlights.

National Museum of Scotland Scoops Award for Best Permanent Exhibition

The National Museum of Scotland was triumphant at the Museums and Heritage Awards in London, taking the top accolade in the Permanent Exhibition category for ten new state-of-the-art galleries.

National Museum of Scotland welcomes two million visitors for the first time

The National Museum of Scotland has now welcomed two million visitors in 2017, the first time it has hit this significant milestone in its 150-year history. Visitor numbers are now running at almost three times the level before the redevelopment programme at the Museum started in 2007.

National Lottery Awards National Museums Scotland £776,000 to Engage Scottish Young People in Heritage

Scotland 365 will encourage young people to take inspiration from the national collections, exploring the past and testing innovative ideas to encourage their peers to engage with Scotland’s heritage.

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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