Spotlight on... National Museum of Scotland
A £47 million redevelopment project has launched the National Museum of Scotland into contention for the Art Fund Prize. We quizzed the reopened museum about burgers, Sean Connery and a flying hippo.
Age: Following my fabulous facelift, people are amazed when they find out I’m nearly 158.
Describe yourself in three words: worldly, engaging, entertaining.
What is your most treasured possession? With 20,000 objects on display, that’s a hard one! Recent ones that stand out are the Iron Age gold torcs (the Art Fund helped us buy them for Scotland) found by a metal detector enthusiast three years ago in Stirling. You’ve got to love a bit of bling!
Your most famous visitor is: Joanna Lumley, Sir David Attenborough, The Proclaimers, The Princess Royal, J.K. Rowling, and even the original James Bond and local lad Sir Sean Connery.
What is your best café creation? Word on the street is my Brasserie burger – made with pure, lean Scotch beef – is the best in Edinburgh.
Any museum pets? I’m really fond of the flying hippo. It always looks so happy hovering in the museum.
One thing that could make you better is... Being able to share even more with everyone.
You have a museum crush on... The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. We already have a close working relationship as we’re planning a Catherine the Great exhibition that opens inside my doors on 13 July.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? I’m really loving my new look. Though if pushed, I could always do with some more galleries. They’re like shoes: you can never have too many!
You’re most happy when… I hear excited laughter echoing round my Grand Gallery.
Tell the judges why National Museum Scotland should win the Art Fund Prize 2012.
See the rest of the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist.