The Galloway Hoard
The Galloway Hoard is the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.
The Galloway Hoard pectoral cross
The discovery of a well-preserved pectoral cross placed near the top of the Galloway Hoard was the first sign this was an extraordinary assemblage.
What is the Galloway Hoard?
In 2014, something very special was found in Galloway, South West Scotland.
This short animation is designed to introduce children and families to the Galloway Hoard.
See the Galloway Hoard
Supporters from around the world joined together to help us raise the £1.98 million required to save the Galloway Hoard for the nation.
Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.
Bird Pin trail
Families can pick up our new trail to find the Bird Pin, from the Galloway Hoard, hiding amongst her feathered friends around the National Museum of Scotland.
Silver dirhams from the Storr Rock Viking Hoard
A 10th-century hoard found on the Isle of Skye contained 19 dirhams, silver coins from the Islamic emirates of central Asia. These were not exotic curiosities collected by a Viking traveller, but evidence of trade routes connecting Scotland across vast distances at the turn of the first millennium.
Norrie's Law hoard
This early medieval silver, unearthed in Fife during the 19th century, is one of the largest Pictish hoards ever to be found.
Traprain Law treasure
Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, this hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.
Rediscovering Viking-age Scotland with Michael Wood
Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood joined Dr Adrián Maldonado, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, to discuss Adrián’s new book, 'Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom'. The book reassesses the museum’s Viking-age collections, uncovering an exciting new vision of Scotland’s diverse and creative past.
The Lewis chess pieces
These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.
The Glenmorangie Commission
In 2018, the internationally renowned metalsmith Simone ten Hompel was commissioned by National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new artwork inspired by our curatorial research and the Museum’s collection of metal artefacts from early medieval Scotland.
Romans in Scotland: major archaeological sites
Archaeological finds from Rome's invasions of Scotland can be found throughout the country, from the Solway Firth to Moray. Three of the most prominent sites are Trimontium, Traprain Law, and the Antonine Wall.
Iron Age gold torcs
In September 2009, an amateur treasure hunter made an amazing discovery when he unearthed four gold neck ornaments (torcs) in a field near Stirling.
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.
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.
A masterpiece of early medieval art, this silver brooch-pin decorated with gold, amber and glass was found buried within a Viking grave in Orkney.