National Museum of Scotland
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The new National Museum of Scotland is now open!
We’ve invested more than £47 million to create one of the UK’s best days out. From dinosaur bones to designer chairs and mummies to motors, a creative world of discovery awaits on every floor. Explore the diversity of the natural world, world culture, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof.
Daily 10.00 - 17.00
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Come and explore the National Museum of Scotland. When did people first settle in Scotland? What are our oldest treasures? Discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland throughout the ages.
Our collections represent astonishing diversity, from fossils showing evidence of the earliest forms of life, to the rich artefact collections representing world cultures. Material evidence of Scottish history and culture from the earliest times to the present day has been collected and preserved for the future.
You can take part in lots of activities every day at the Museum. To get the most from your visit, pick up a map and check our information screens for details of all events and activities.
Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Religion, Industry, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Agriculture
Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them." John McPhee
The Library will introduce visitors to the alphabet of geology through agates that share the artist’s birthday, minerals that record the collision of Earth and outer space, artworks slowly formed in caves and geothermal springs and her most ambitious project to date, a 1.3 ton stone library featuring ‘books’ of the mineral mica.
The exhibition traces a thin and permeable line between geology and biology, culture and nature.
Mary Queen of Scots
Created specially for the National Museum of Scotland and showing only in Edinburgh, the exhibition will draw on our Scottish collections, supported by international loans.
Mary Queen of Scots is arguably one of the most enigmatic figures in Scottish history. Her story arouses strong emotions: was she betrayed by those she trusted, condemned to die a Catholic martyr or was she a murdering adulteress with her husband’s blood on her hands?
- Any age
This breathtaking exhibition explores the many facets of a beautiful and versatile material that has been treasured for thousands of years: amber.
Bringing together for the first time the highlights of National Museums Scotland’s fine collection, Amazing Amber reveals the origins, properties and uses of this precious substance.
On display will be pieces from across the globe, from Borneo to the Baltic, Sicily to Scotland. Used for centuries as a decorative artefact, amber was also treasured for its perceived magical powers, crafted into charms and amulets to heal and ward off evil spirits.
- Family friendly
- Any age
Get your hands on history in our Discovery Zones. Follow a Viking journey, fire a medieval catapult of dress up in 16th century style!
How to obtain
Our free Discovery Zones are located on Levels 0,
1, 3 and 5. Ask a member of staff for more information!
Discover Celts and Romans at Birnie
Explore an Iron Age power centre uncovered during archaeological digs at Birnie (North Scotland), and find out why this site was important to both the Celts and the Romans.
Robert Burns: To a Mouse Family Footprints Trail
A new museum trail for families exploring one of Burns’ famous poems through exhibits in our Scottish collections.
Available from the Info Zone Level 3 Grand Gallery Balcony or download from our website.
Supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals