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.
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 what a palaeontologist does and discover amazing dinosaurs in this digital schools session.
Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.
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.
Bookings open August 2022
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.
Bookings open August 2022.
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.
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.