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Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.

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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.

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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.

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Deadly parasites and diseases

Five tiny parasites cause some of the deadliest diseases, which affect 1 in every 18 people in the world.

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The Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the Making Circles schools project, led by Ostrero.

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Learning resources for schools

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

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Galloway Hoard: learning resources

We've created a set of schools resources around the Galloway Hoard, including an animation, a quiz, and more.

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A group of carved Lewis chess pieces
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.

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For Teachers: Primary Resources

Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including: - Mandarin - Writing a story - Maths and numeracy

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Designing for a Circular Economy

How can design approaches support the Circular Economy?

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Designing for the Climate: Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the work of young people across Scotland, led by Ostrero.

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Atlantic slave trade learning resources

Discover how objects in the museum’s collections can help us explore Scotland’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade and the abolitionist movement.

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Vikings activity sheets

Download our fearsome Viking colouring sheets or have a go at making bread the Viking way.

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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.

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A T.Rex skeleton stands amidst models and skeletons of other animals
Dinosaur workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P2-4. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Ancient Egypt workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of ancient Egyptian themed activities for P3-4. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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A Journey in Stories workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P2. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Biodiversity workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of biodiversity themed activities for P4-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Second World War: Meet the WAAF workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P5-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Brown-haired woman facing away from the camera looking at a laptop. Laptop screen has a slide with a Roman face mask.
Romans in Scotland: learning resources

Tools to help aid teaching and learning about the Romans in Scotland

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Fantastic Flying Forces workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of Fantastic Flying Forces themed activities for P5-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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Climate Change for Kids

Join our special guest, Dr Sian Henley from the University of Edinburgh to learn how climate change impacts young people around the world and Dr Ali Clark, Senior Curator, Oceania who will share how artists respond to climate change. Find out how to take part in the nationwide art project, Climate Change for Kids: Rising Heat, Raising Hope. Suitable for P3 – S2.

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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.

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A moment of eye contact with a leopard as it curls its tail, while striding over water.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.

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A group of children stand around a person sitting in a wheelchair playing a banjo
Friday Friends

Our Friday Friends programme offers a welcoming space for visually impaired and D/deaf children and their families.

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A group of four visitors walk along Level 3 of the Grand Gallery.
Self-guided group visits

Information to plan your self-guided group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Get Energised with the ScottishPower Foundation

Get Energised was a science, engineering and technology engagement programme which ran until June 2019.

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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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