National Museum of Scotland

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.

Fire your imagination at the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions. Our diverse collections 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.

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Event times

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Art Late

Throughout the festival period, the city is alive at every hour of the day. Art Late is a series of specially programmed late openings and events, taking in exciting live music, performances, artist talks and tours. This year offers even more opportunities to enjoy our programme by night in the heart of the city.

Thu 4 Aug

£7.50 (£5) / 0300 123 6789

Starting at the National Museum of Scotland, followed by visits to Talbot Rice Gallery, Dovecot, The Number Shop and finishing up at The List Festival Party (Summerhall). Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Celts

A major exhibition reviewing what we know about the different people who, over the centuries, have been identified as 'Celts', with artefacts, manuscripts, weapons and stunning art objects. A special exhibition organised between the National Museum of Scotland and the British Museum in London.

Wed 27 Jul

£10 (£8; ages 12–15 £6.50; under 12s free; Members free) / 0300 123 6789

Thu 28 Jul

£10 (£8; ages 12–15 £6.50; under 12s free; Members free) / 0300 123 6789

Fri 29 Jul

£10 (£8; ages 12–15 £6.50; under 12s free; Members free) / 0300 123 6789

…and 58 more dates until 25 Sep

Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land

Exhibition exploring fossils recently discovered, which help tell the story of the transition of life from water to land 360–340 million years ago.

…and 16 more dates until 14 Aug

Free Fringe Music

Free folk and classical music concert.

Sat 6 Aug

Grand Gallery

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Grand Gallery

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 8 Aug

Grand Gallery

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 28 Aug

Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

Late night Fringe fun at the museum, curated by The List.

Fri 12 Aug

£18 (£16) / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 19 Aug

£18 (£16) / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 26 Aug

£18 (£16) / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Janis Claxton Dance Award winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) join forces with world-class dancers for a series of site-specific performances. Based around the theme of love, the duets will pop up throughout the museum this August. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2016.

Thu 4 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 10 Aug

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 28 Aug

Shanghai Modern Fashion Show

Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Fashion Classical meets modern in a glamorous fashion show organised by Shanghai Culture Week. The first of its kind in Scotland, it features the traditional, stylish, figure-hugging Chinese cheongsam dress. Originally created in the 1920s and quickly adopted by socialites and the…

Thu 11 Aug

Grand Gallery

£10 (£5) / 0300 123 6789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Styling the Nation

Workshops, demonstrations, fashion shows, talks, performance and music led by a wide range of high profile artists and experts feature across the weekend.

Sat 12 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0300 123 6789

Sun 13 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0300 123 6789

Reviews & features

Win tickets to Edinburgh Art Festival's Art Late

The tours starts at National Museum of Scotland and other venues include Talbot Rice Gallery, Dovecot Gallery, The Number Shop and finishing up at The List Festival Party at Summerhall.

Win tickets to Museum After Hours at the National Museum of Scotland

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours with hand-picked performers, music, comedy, bars and exclusive entry to our exhibition Celts, organised with the British Museum. Ten innovative new galleries will set a dramatic…

Ten new galleries open at the National Museum of Scotland

6 Jul 2016

Major redevelopment of the Edinburgh attraction dedicated to science, technology, art, design and fashion

Following a £14.1 million redevelopment the National Museum of Scotland is set to open ten new galleries on Friday 8 July. The latest phase in a planned £80 redevelopment of the iconic museum in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Edinburgh

3 Mar 2015

Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie

Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…

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

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