National Museum of Scotland

The Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland
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Fire your imagination at the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions. Our diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof.

From meteorites to monsters from the deep, our Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while our World Cultures galleries link people and possessions across the globe. Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in our Scottish galleries, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects in our Window on the World and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in our Discoveries gallery.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Daily: 10:00-17:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00-17:00
New Year's Day: 12:00-17:00

Admission charges

Admission free, donations welcome.

Getting there

A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge. Single and day tickets are available. Lothian Buses’ family DAYticket allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel together on day services. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information.

During the summer there is a special weekend bus, Service 9 , that runs between the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Additional info

See website for details

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.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Religion, Industry, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Costume and Textiles, Design, Fine Art, Music, World Cultures, Aviation, Decorative and Applied Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Galloway Hoard

  • 16 June — 1 October 2017 *on now

The Galloway Hoard is an unparalleled find of Viking-age gold, silver and jewelled treasures. With over 100 rare and unique items from across Europe and beyond, unlocking the Hoard’s secrets has the potential to reveal new insights into this period of history. This display offers a first glimpse of a selection of the Hoard’s extraordinary treasures.

For more information: http://www.nms.ac.uk/hoard

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/the-galloway-hoard/

The Galloway Hoard

  • 16 June — 1 October 2017 *on now

Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1, Grand Gallery

The Galloway Hoard is an unparalleled find of Viking-age gold, silver and jewelled treasures. With over 100 rare and unique items from across Europe and beyond, unlocking the Hoard’s secrets has the potential to reveal new insights into this period of history. This display offers a first glimpse of a selection of the Hoard’s extraordinary treasures.

For more information: http://www.nms.ac.uk/hoard

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/the-galloway-hoard/

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

  • 23 June — 12 November 2017 *on now

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3
Adult £10, Concession £8, Child (12–15) £7 (under 12s free), Members Free, National Art Pass holders: 50% discount
The history of the exiled Stuart dynasty and their supporters, known as Jacobites, has held an enduring and romantic fascination for generations, from the writings of Sir Walter Scott to the current Outlander books and television series. Featuring the very best of Scotland’s national collections, alongside treasures from across the UK and Europe, this exhibition presents the wider story of the Jacobites, one which is more layered, complex and dramatic than any fictional imaginings. Explore the real story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.
Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £10, Concession £8, Child (12–15) £7 (under 12s free), Members Free, National Art Pass holders: 50% discount

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/bonnie-prince-charlie-and-the-jacobites/

Age of Oil

  • 21 July — 5 November 2017 *on now

Exhibition Gallery 4, Level 1, Grand Gallery

Exploring the people and places of Scotland’s offshore energy industry, this contemporary art exhibition showcases the work of visual artist Sue Jane Taylor who has worked in some of the most remote and challenging environments in Scotland. This multi-media exhibition will bring a unique perspective to the relationship between art, environment and industry while revealing a relatively alien way of life on board a North Sea oil platform.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/age-of-oil/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Explorathon: Murder at the Museum

  • 29 September 2017 12-4pm

Join our experts to explore forensic science and crime as part of wider celebration of European research.
Test your forensic reconstruction skills, learn about the lethal links between poison and herbalism, and dig into the stories behind death, past and present.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/explorathon/

Figure drawing with Sue Jane Taylor

  • 30 September 2017 10:30am-4pm

Inspired by her own experiences drawing North Sea oil workers, join Sue Jane Taylor in this figurative workshop as she explores how to capture an individual who is hidden in protective clothing.

Sue Jane Taylor has spent for over thirty years recording the lives of workers in the North Sea oil industry. Her work extends to cover the offshore renewable energy industry, where she has followed developments from fabrication to installation. Taylor has exhibited, carried out public commissions and held artist-residencies nationally and internationally.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45, £40 Members & Concession

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/figure-drawing-with-sue-jane-taylor/

Study Day: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

  • 28 October 2017 10:30am-3pm

Join our panel of speakers as they investigate the Jacobite story and challenge many of the misconceptions that still surround this turbulent period in European history.

Chaired by historian Dr Fiona Watson, our expert panel will examine the wider Jacobite story: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s court at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Stuart courts in exile in France and Italy, and how our conservators prepared costume pieces for display.

In partnership with Royal Collection Trust.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30, £25 Members & Conc.

Includes exhibition entry. Valid 28 October only.

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/study-day-bonnie-prince-charlie-and-the-jacobites/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Discover Celts and Romans at Birnie

http://www.nms.ac.uk/ironage_scotland

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.

Discovery Zones

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!

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

Getting there

A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge. Single and day tickets are available. Lothian Buses’ family DAYticket allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel together on day services. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information.

During the summer there is a special weekend bus, Service 9 , that runs between the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1JF
Scotland

Website

www.nms.ac.uk

E-mail

info@nms.ac.uk

Telephone

0300 123 6789

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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