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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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The Reid Family Christmas and New Year

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years. Find out how the tenth laird and his family celebrated Christmas and New Year on the farm.

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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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National Museum of Scotland to host first UK showing of exhibition on Tyrannosaurs

The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs will come to Edinburgh next year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on 24 January 2020. Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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