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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.

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Our collections

The wealth of objects in the national collection represent everything from Scottish and international archaeology to applied arts and design, from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.

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New to the National Collections

This small display highlighted a selection of the recent acquisitions at National Museums Scotland.

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Pacific Collections in Scottish Museums

Explore Pacific collections through this partnership project focusing on objects from across the region housed in Scottish museums.

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Major exhibition to explore the Romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands, from Culloden to Balmoral

A major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland this summer will tell the fascinating story of how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became established as enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity and how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history.

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Pacific collections at National Museums Scotland

Explore the Pacific collection at National Museums Scotland in more detail.

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About the project

This partnership project uncovers stories of Pacific collections in Scotland.

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Missionaries and Tibetan material culture

Explore how missionaries made a significant impact on gathering the materials featured within the Tibetan collections at the National Museum of Scotland, with their materials peaking between 1890-1904.

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AHRC Awards Major Grant to National Museums Scotland to put military collections in context

National Museums Scotland has been awarded £390,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a £480,000 project to explore artefacts acquired by British servicemen during military campaigns in India and Africa.

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African Commemorative Textiles Project with Edinburgh College of Art 2016-17

This creative project opened up our African collections as an inspirational resource for students at Edinburgh College of Art.

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