Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.
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.
A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian priest
Ancient Egyptian temples served as homes for the gods, where they were looked after by priests. Most people were not allowed inside temples and only a few priests could enter the presence of the god’s statue.
The Circular Economy
Discover more about the Circular Economy through the Making Circles schools project, led by Ostrero.
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.
For Teachers: Primary Resources
Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including:
- Writing a story
- Maths and numeracy
Learn more about parasites and how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.
Maths in museums
Throughout 2022, we want to work with local museums across Scotland to integrate more maths into their museum programming and provide support to take part in Maths Week Scotland.
Watch and listen
Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.
Digital learning packages
If you are unable to attend one of our live Digital Schools Sessions or Themed Weeks you can download a digital learning resource for your class to follow along at a pace that suits their learning.
Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.
Ancient Egypt: Mummification and the afterlife
Join our Enablers to find out about mummification and the journey to the afterlife through five very special objects. You can also further support your classroom learning through a range of resources which accompany the session.
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Biodiversity: Life In Scotland
Learn about four different ecosystems in Scotland through objects, games and microscopic imagery. Our accompanying resources will allow your class to study biodiversity across Scotland.
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An exploration of ancient Rome through modern objects and their Roman equivalents. Our accompanying resources will also allow you to further explore the topic in class.
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Build back better
During the lockdown due to COVID-19, school children were asked how we could build towards a more Circular Economy, inspired by the Making Circles project.
Museum Art Challenge 2020
What inspires you in our museums? Get creative and join our month-long online art challenge at National Museums Scotland!
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.