National Museum of Scotland

Following a £47 million redevelopment in 2011, the National Museum of Scotland re-invigorated its grand collection.

The project saw 8,000 new objects go on display - all of which had never been exhibited before. 

Throughout its 36 galleries are items collected from all over Scotland and beyond, covering life, the universe and everything in it. Visitors have the chance to connect with Dolly the Sheep and view Viking brooches, ancient chessmen and Queen Mary's clarsach.

The museum was nominated for the Art Fund Prize 2012.

Permanent collections

There's a vast array of treasures from around the world to explore in the museum's many galleries. The impressive Grand Gallery highlights Scotland's contribution to the world and the breadth of its collection from a 12 ft feast bowl to a newly-restored cast iron fountain shown in the image gallery above.

The Science and Technology Gallery helps you explore space travel, energy and power, genetics, robotics and transport while the Natural World Gallery has some impressive exhibits from a life-sized cast of Tyrannosaurus rex and stuffed pandas to a giant squid. As you can tell, the museum is vast and it may be wise to pick one or two galleries to explore in detail.

Art we've helped buy at National Museum of Scotland

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5pm
26 Dec and 1 Jan 12 – 5pm

Closed 25 Dec

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