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Everything you need to know about Member benefits, becoming a Member, renewing or changing your Membership and gift Membership.

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As a Member of National Museums Scotland you will be invited to renew your subscription each year around a month before it expires.

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Collaborative Doctoral Partnership opportunities

National Museums Scotland is a member of the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium. The Consortium is a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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Conserving an Egyptian coffin
Jobs and volunteering

Want to work with us? Every member of staff has a key role to play in preserving and interpreting our collections and making them accessible to all. Our volunteers provide vital help in running events, caring for our collections and sharing knowledge.

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King in exile: Ring belonging to James VII and II

This monogrammed ring was given by the deposed King James VII and II to a loyal supporter on the night he escaped London.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Plan your visit

Everything you need to know about visiting the museum.

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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.

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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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Tractors

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.

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Collections departments

Within our collections departments, our staff hold a wealth of knowledge and can provide expert advice on collections, their identification, care and management.

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National Museum of Flight

Wing your way to one of Scotland's top days out at East Fortune Airfield.

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National Museum of Rural Life

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum, farmhouse and historic working farm.

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Plan your visit

Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Flight.

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Plan your visit

Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Rural Life.

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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 its mysteries.

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Charles Peach's microscope

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

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Members’ Spotlight: Dinosaurs Roaming Scotland

Join our vertebrate paleobiologists as we take a closer look at the dinosaurs which once roamed our Scottish shores.

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Ellie Swinbank

Ellie Swinbank is Curator of Technology.

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Silk embroidered postcard sent by Private William Dick to his wife in November 1915.
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.

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National Museum of Scotland

Your journey of discovery starts here.

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Book your free tickets

The National Museum of Scotland is reopening on Monday 26 April and tickets are now available for booking.

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Louise Innes

Louise Innes is a Research Associate.

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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.

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Members’ Spotlight: Archie Brennan, Tapestry Goes Pop!

Members can enjoy an exclusive preview into the world of pop artist and weaver, Archie Brennan and explore pieces that have never before been on public display.

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The Young Chevalier: Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

This portrait of the young prince is by the renowned Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera.

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Book your tickets

The National Museum of Flight is reopening on Monday 26 April and tickets are now available for booking.

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Museum building at the National Museum of Rural Life © Wattie Cheung
Booking tickets

The National Museum of Rural Life is reopening on Monday 26 April and tickets are now available for booking.

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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.

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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.

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Queen Mary harp

This harp, or clarsach, is said to have been a gift from Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Culloden: Regimental colours

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

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About us

The Hospitality and Events team have over 40 years' combined experience delivering spectacular events across National Museums Scotland’s unique and versatile sites.

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Visiting with additional support needs pupils

We have a range of initiatives to support and welcome pupils with additional support needs to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Fantastic Flying Forces (P5-7)

Your pupils will discover more about the forces of flight by building three experiments of their own.

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Standards of service

At National Museums Scotland, we aim to ensure that all our visitors receive a high standard of service.

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Georgina Ripley

Georgina Ripley has an MA in the History of Art (specializing in the History of Dress) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is responsible for the modern and contemporary fashion and textile collections from 1850 to the present day.

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Ashleigh Whiffin

Ashleigh Whiffin is Assistant Curator of Entomology

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Objects associated with Mary, Queen of Scots

In our collection we have many items that have been linked to the famous Queen, but is this association fact or myth?

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Box of Amenhotep II

This box inscribed with the name of Pharaoh Amenhotep II is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt.

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