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Dolly the sheep

As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, Dolly the sheep's birth was of huge excitement both to the scientific world and to the public.

A selection of illustrated objects in the museum related to Doctor Who.
Doctor Who Gallery Trail

Our very own in-house Whovians have chosen 10 objects from our collections that have links to some of the scientific themes and stories from the iconic television series.

Two visitors looking at mosaic tiles hanging on a wall.
Top 10 things to see and do

Your journey of discovery starts here...

Two horses, a sheep, and two lambs in a grassy field at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Farm animals

Our working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses.

Woolly Weekend

Join us for a weekend of all things woolly at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Different aircraft hanging in the Science and Technology gallery
Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives?

Two children looking at a willow sculpture of a pheasant.
Top activities to try with kids

Sow the seeds of curiosity with a family visit to our museum and historic working farm.

Making Circles Schools Project

The Making Circles schools project invited children to be inspired by National Museums Scotland’s collections to create new Circular Economy products.

Strathmore Meteorite

On 3 December 1917, a little after 13:00, a large fireball was seen to cross southern Scotland. A short time later, an explosion was heard and four objects were seen or heard to crash to the ground around the towns of Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie in the Strathmore area of central Scotland.

Seven members of a family running forward, with some holding umbrellas.
Top things to see and do

Make the most of your visit with our museum highlights. Your rural adventure starts here!

Two children in a gallery, one leans back with a look of surprise, the other rests on the display in front.
Family Galleries

Filled with interactives and spaces for reflection, stories and experimentation, our family friendly galleries have something for everyone.

Prisoners of war at East Kilbride

During and directly after the Second World War, the Reid family at Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride employed both Italian and German prisoners of war.

The Reid family

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years.

Bust of Robert Burns in profile, with short haircut and jacket.
Who was Robert Burns?

Discover the life of the National Bard through the collections of National Museums Scotland.

Plaque on a stone wall with deeply cut lines reading 'Alexander Graham Bell Inventor of the telephone Born here 3rd March 1847'.
Alexander Graham Bell's box telephone

This strange-looking device was the first model of telephone to go on sale. But can its creator, Alexander Graham Bell, truly lay claim to the title ‘inventor of the telephone’?

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