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Red and green wax seals fixed to paper tassels attached to the Declaration of Arbroath.
Member Spotlight: The Declaration of Arbroath

Join us for an exclusive Member event to learn more about one of the most important documents in Scottish History.

Gold-coloured brooch and pin, intricately decorated with raised Pictish-style patterns and red gemstones.
Members’ Spotlight: New Insights on Viking Burials

Join us for this exclusive Member event to learn more about one of the rarest Viking-age discoveries in Scotland.


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Brigadier Norman Macdonald sits at a desk surrounded by papers.
Members' event: Maps: Memories from the Second World War

Join us for this exclusive Member event which will explore the many uses of maps and the stories behind them during the Second World War.

Lulu the killer whale

Lulu came from the only killer whale pod in the UK and was found dead on Tiree in 2016. She had the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls ever recorded from a marine mammal.

Members' Event: Cold War Scotland

Join us for this exclusive Member event to discover how Scotland’s unique geography and topography affected its role in the Cold War and the how it influenced the lives of Scottish people.

Kohl pot with intricate details.
Kohl pot

How the kohl pot has a special place in South Asian homes

Highland Style: tartan trends in Georgian Britain

Discover how Highland dress was adapted in the Georgian period into the iconic and fashionable symbol of Scotland we know today.

Game board for chaupar or patchisi, part of set, checquered, glass beads, gold leaf in oranges and yellows.
South Asian games

Discovering the origins of the some of the world's most famous board games

Cast brass figure of the Hindu goddess Durga as Mahishasura slaying the buffalo demon Mahisha.
Hindu Goddess Durga

Durga - goddess and divine force of positive, feminine energy

Exterior of the Concorde cockpit facing right.
The Concorde Experience

It's over 40 years since Scotland's Concorde took to the skies in the first BA Concorde fleet commercial passenger flight. Don't miss the chance to get up close to G-BOAA.

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.

The Rise and Fall of Hamilton Palace

The destruction of Hamilton Palace, the grandest stately home in Britain, was one of the greatest losses to national heritage ever to happen in this country. This is the story of how Scotland’s biggest treasure trove was won and lost.

Child plays with block objects
Support and resources for autistic visitors

Find out more about our range of initiatives to support and welcome autistic visitors.

Dalek cyborg emerging from a vortex in space with a DNA double helix, police box, and earth in the background.
Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder explored the science behind the global hit television series Doctor Who and give fans a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures from a scientific perspective.

A hippopotamus and her two offspring resting in the clear water of a shallow lake.
BSL Tours: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Explore Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a BSL tour for those who are Deaf/BSL users.

Who was Phoebe Anna Traquair?

The first important professional woman artist of modern Scotland, Phoebe Anna Traquair was a leading figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement.

Museum Role Call

In this series, get to know people from across our museums, the spaces they work in and the objects they are inspired by.

An Arctic fox in its ragged summer coat, backlit by the low, midnight Sun. Despite missing half a hind leg, it appeared to be doing well.
Relaxed Access Evening: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Join us for a relaxed after-hours visit to Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

An adult and a child sit on stools sketching infront of a case of taxidermy.
Wellbeing Week: Mindful Art at the Museum

Join artist Kayleigh McCallum and mindfulness practitioner Charlene Duncan for mindful sketching in our galleries.

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.


From the early 20th century, the tractor helped to transformed farm life in Scotland. There are several examples on display in the collection at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

Two children in sunglasses and hats look up with a British Airways plane behind them.
Book your tickets

The National Museum of Flight is open and tickets are available to book online.

Bright red tractor outside the National Museum of Rural Life
Booking tickets

The National Museum of Rural Life is open and tickets are available to book online.

Decorative Treble Clef in green sits on illustration
Concert for a Summer's Night

Join us for an evening of bright and vivid music from the Scottish Ensemble in the light-filled setting of the Grand Gallery.

The Fettercairn Jewel

Acquired in 2017, this rare jewelled and enamelled locket conceals secrets which could shed new light on the Scottish Renaissance. Join us on a journey of discovery as our curators, conservators and scientists work to unravel the Fettercairn Jewel's mysteries.

Charles Peach's microscope

This compound microscope belonged to Charles Peach (1800 - 86), a highly respected naturalist and fossil hunter.

Kilt suit of Murray of Atholl clan tartan, c.1820-1830

A suit of worsted, silk, and velvet, with both full and tailored plaid…

Brown-orange bronze armlet, shaped like a tube, decorated with bold symbols in relief.
Benin collections at National Museums Scotland

For centuries the highly skilled artists and artisans of the Edo Kingdom have produced outstanding artworks of immense cultural value in the royal city of Benin in present day Nigeria.

People walking around a plane.
National Lottery Open Weekend

On 16 and 17 March, the National Museum of Flight is taking part in the National Lottery Open Week.

Community group visits

Find out how we can support your community group visit.

Close-up of the exposed engine and front propeller of a plane.
Explore the hangars

Experience the history and drama of flight in spectacular hangars and galleries.

Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver travelling canteen

This elaborate travelling set was made by the Edinburgh goldsmith Ebenezer Oliphant in 1740-41 for Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

A mother and baby play with toy vegetables in a basket.
Tractor Tots

Tractor Tots is a bookable series of playful sensory singalong sessions for under-fives and their adults at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Next of Kin: Family mementoes of the First World War

Explore treasured artefacts passed down through generations, providing a personal insight into the lives of those at home and on the front lines.

Two visitors listening to a man talking in front of an aircraft.
Conservation Hangar Talks

See behind the scenes of the work carried out in the museum’s Conservation hangar with these free talks.

Game On

Explore the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games. Tickets on sale now.

Culloden: Regimental colours

These rare Jacobite and British military colours were carried into battle at Culloden by opposing sides.

The mystery of the miniature coffins

Satanic spell, superstitious charm or echo of Edinburgh’s grisly underworld history? We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins.

David Le Marchand’s Mackenzie ivories

Carved by virtuoso ivory sculptor David Le Marchand, this set of five portraits was commissioned by George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie, in 1696.

A man and a boy sit on a bench in the grand gallery looking at a large dinosaur picture book. The boy is wearing ear protectors.
Relaxed Morning

Join us for our monthly Relaxed Morning for anyone who would appreciate a calmer visit to the museum.

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