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This exhibition considers the defining images of Scotland, from highland landscapes to bagpipes, and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.

From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s highland idyll at Balmoral, the exhibition looks at how Scotland was presented to the world through highland and military dress, royal visits, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry.

Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, the exhibition charts Scotland’s journey into the global imagination and invites visitors to think again about the meaning and relevance of ideas that continue to define Scotland today.

Each section will include exploration of themes from a Gaelic-cultural perspective, and filmed interviews will reflect a range of perspectives, including Gaelic voices, on some contested historical themes about the period.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1JF

0300 123 6789


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

Free to all

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