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National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council announce partnership agreement

National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council have agreed the terms of a 25-year Partnership Agreement which will enable the organisations to work together across a number of areas, including future displays of the Galloway Hoard at the newly opened Kirkcudbright Galleries.

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Scotland's National Airshow

We are sorry to announce that Scotland’s National Airshow, which was due to take place on Saturday 25 July 2020 has been cancelled. This is in light of the advice and measures currently being implemented by the UK and Scottish Governments in response to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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100 days countdown to opening of new galleries at National Museum of Scotland

Today marks 100 days to go until the opening of three new permanent galleries at the National Museum of Scotland: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

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Sustainability Policy

National Museums Scotland is committed to continuously improving its environmental performance as part of a wider commitment to sustainable development.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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