National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
  • 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

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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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As Precious as a Ming Vase?

Broadcaster and ceramics historian Lars Tharp explains how and why Ming vases have come to be regarded as the pinnacle of rare and precious.

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.

Mon 28 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 2

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 29 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 2

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 2

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 32 more dates until 31 Aug

Danie Mellor in Conversation

Artist Danie Mellor discusses his current exhibition, Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral, with Dr Alison Bracker from the Royal Academy of Arts.

Danie Mellor: Primordial – SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

Work by the acclaimed contemporary Australian artist, whose work is informed by a deep knowledge of art history and a willingness to engage with issue related to his own indigenous and European heritage.

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

…and 112 more dates until 23 Nov

Free Fringe Music

National Museum of Scotland From bold brass to fabulous fiddlers, soprano soloists to singer/songwriters, enjoy daily live music performances at the museum, showcasing the best contemporary talents from Scotland and further afield. See www.nms.ac.uk/fringe for details. In partnership with Live Music Now.

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

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…

Mon 28 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8) / 0300 123 6789

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 29 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8) / 0300 123 6789

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8) / 0300 123 6789

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 32 more dates until 31 Aug

Museum After Hours

Experience the museum after hours (with a bar, music and performers to boot) and get a chance to explore the new Ming: The Golden Empire exhibition, sans kids.

Fri 8 Aug

Grand Gallery

£16 / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

Grand Gallery

£16 / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Grand Gallery

£16 / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place

A project two years in the making, Scotland Creates is the final project of young people from across Scotland who have worked with museum staff to create an exhibition that showcases what is important where they come from, spanning art, music, dance and films.

Sat 26 Jul

Sun 27 Jul

Mon 28 Jul

…and 34 more dates until 31 Aug

Reviews & features

Preview: the National Museum of Scotland

22 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 Edinburgh

16 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 renovations

24 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

National Museum of Scotland on Flickr

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