National Museum of Scotland
- Box office 0300 123 6789
- Opening times Daily 10am–5pm.
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec. Open noon–5pm on 26 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan.
- Admission Free.
- Website www.nms.ac.uk
In its landmark building, occupying more than half of Chambers Street, the National Museum of Scotland was formerly two different museums – the Royal Museum, built in 1861, and the more modern Museum of Scotland, completed in 1998. The facilities were unified in April 2008, although there is still a definite thematic separation: the former Royal Museum (complete with its grand Victorian Hall) has a worldwide and natural history focus, while the newer building maintains a distinctly Scottish viewpoint. Between the two is an interactive technology zone, filled with exhibits that form an easy connection between education and fun for children. They can race in a Formula 1 simulation, operate robotic arms and moon buggies, and discover the science behind solar and rock power. Dolly the Sheep also inhabits this space, as does the full-size Wylam Dilly locomotive. At the top of the spherical sandstone tower at the George IV Bridge end of the building is the Tower Restaurant, which has made a name for itself as a fantastic example of fine dining in the capital.
All our collections have tales to tell. See treasures from the edges of history and trace Scotland’s story from fascinating fossils to popular culture. For generations we’ve collected key exhibits from all over Scotland and beyond.
The fully redeveloped National Museum of Scotland opened on Fri 29 Jul 2011, following a major £46.4 million transformation. The museum is Scotland’s treasure house, where you can experience the whole world under one roof. There's brand new entrance hall with information desk, café, shop and cloakroom facilities and 16 new galleries, in which thousands of objects will be displayed for the first time.
Visit the new museum and discover the wonders of life, the universe and everything in it – from science and art to nature and outer space.
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Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War
To commemorate the outbreak of war in 1914, this exhibition looks at the relationship between Scottish identity and the emerging national identities of the former British Empire.
Fri 11 Jul
Sat 12 Jul
Sun 13 Jul
Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show
This accomplished student-run event showcases the work of up-and-coming designers, alongside pieces lent from top labels. This year's charity is WaterAid.
The Global Migrations of the Scottish People since 1600: Issues, Debates, Controversies
Scholars from around the globe – from Scotland to America to New Zealand – speak on topics of emigration, myth, memory, diaspora and much more. Designed to be accessible to a public audience; early booking recommended.
Fri 4 Jul
Sat 5 Jul
Free / 0131 6511254
Sun 6 Jul
Free / 0131 6511254
Mammoths of the Ice Age
Ever wanted to see a woolly mammoth? This interactive touring exhibition (from The Field Museum, Chicago) allows you to feel mammoth fur, have a close look at their tusks and meet Lyuba, a detailed replica of a 42,000 year old baby mammoth.
Sat 8 Mar
Sun 9 Mar
Mon 10 Mar
Ming: The Golden Empire
An overview of the legacy of the Ming Dynasty, which ruled China from 1368 to 1644 and which presided over an era of unprecedented national stability. During the Ming period, Beijing was established as China's capital city; the Great Wall took its present form; there were huge advances in printing and ceramics technology…
Fri 27 Jun
Sat 28 Jun
Sun 29 Jun
Oksana Mavrodii and Juliette Philogène
Music for soprano and piano.
Power of Ten: Inventing Logarithms
Learn about the extraordinary work of John Napier, the 16th century Scottish landowner, astronomer, physicist and mathematician whose invention of logarithms made possible huge advances in physics and maths, as well as the scientific basis of modern music theory. Napier also devised an early calculator known as Napier's…
Fri 28 Mar
Sat 29 Mar
Sun 30 Mar
Scottish Enlightenment – Ideas and Objects
A panel of experts looks at the 'beautiful ideas' of the Enlightenment and the beautiful objects these ideas created.
Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Exhibition
Outstanding exhibition of the best natural history photographs from all over the world, on loan from London's Natural History Museum.
Mon 17 Mar
Tue 18 Mar
Wed 19 Mar
Reviews & features
Preview: the National Museum of Scotland22 Jul 2011
A peek inside the museum, plus reminiscences from notable Edinburghers and a guide to coming events
The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is due to reopen this month after a three-year, £46.4 million redevelopment. David Pollock takes an exclusive peak behind closed doors to find out about the new exhibits
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh16 Feb 2011
Newly renovated NMS showcases Scottish achievements
A country with as many scientists, inventors and explorers as Scotland needs a place to show off all its achievements – and nowhere does the job better than the newly renovated National Museum
National Museum of Scotland to celebrate start of renovations24 Apr 2008
The National Museum of Scotland will celebrate the start of the £46.4m Royal Museum Project renovations with a weekend of entertainment. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will headline the event, which runs from Sat 26–Sun 27 Apr. See www.nms.ac.uk/celebration