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Principal Curator of Vertebrates Dr Andrew Kitchener with a specimen from the Eocene birds collection of National Museums Scotland. Photo © Stewart Attwood

Fossil bird collection of international importance bequeathed to National Museums Scotland

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A collection of over 700 bird fossils has been bequeathed to National Museums Scotland. The fossils date from 54-56 million years ago, the beginning of the Eocene period, and represent the early stages in the evolution of modern birds. The collection is believed to contain many species which are new to science. 

Artist Luke Jerram and his sculpture E.coli at the National Museum of Scotland. Photo © Neil Hanna. low res

90ft sculpture of the bacteria E.coli goes on show at the National Museum of Scotland

E.coli by Luke Jerram
3-31 August, National Museum of Scotland 

Historical re-enactor Terence Finnegan makes final preparations for a new escape room experience the National Museum of Flight. Image © Stewart Attwood (6)

National Museum of Flight launches new escape room experience

Scotland’s only escape room on an historic airfield launches this week at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune. Operation Sabotage has been developed in collaboration with young people aged 16-25 as part of the Scotland 365 project and will take place from 5-14 August.

Gold filigree “aestels” from The Galloway Hoard. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

30 July to 23 October 2022, Aberdeen Art Gallery 

A Dalek arrives at the National Museum of Scotland. Photo credit © Duncan McGlynn (4) WEB

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder: Science exhibition lands in Edinburgh

The Scottish premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will take place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this December.

Arthur's Seat Coffins. Copyright National Museums Scotland (3)

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

A major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland looks at the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders.

Silver bullion from the lower layer of the Galloway Hoard WEB-2

Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure exhibition at Kirkcudbright Galleries breaks records

The display of one of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century, The Galloway Hoard, has become the most popular exhibition to be held in Kirkcudbright Galleries since the venue opened in 2018. 

Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. © National Museums Scotland 01

National Museums Scotland launches Gaelic Language Plan consultation

National Museums Scotland has launched a consultation to inform the development of its third Gaelic Language Plan.  

Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. © National Museums Scotland 01

Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba A' Sireadh Bheachdan air a Phlana Gàidhlig

Tha Taighean Tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba air co-chomhairleachadh fhoillseachadh a chuireas ri a threas Plana Gàidhlig. 

Helen Wyld, Senior Curator of Historic Textiles at National Museums Scotland, with the 17th century embroidery. Photo © Stewart Attwood WEB

National Museums Scotland acquires rare embroidery and launches new conservation internships

A rare embroidery dating from the early seventeenth century has been acquired by National Museums Scotland. The exquisite textile has been acquired with the support of textile collector and philanthropist Leslie B. Durst and coincides with the announcement of three Leslie B. Durst Textile Conservation Internships.

Woolly Weekend at the National Museum of Rural Life. Photo © Paul Dodds WEB

National Museum of Rural Life to showcase the wonders of wool

The wonders of wool will take centre stage at the National Museum of Rural Life on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May when the East Kilbride attraction hosts a special Woolly Weekend event.

Doctoral Researcher Laura Scobie, with bottles of whisky acquired by National Museums Scotland. Photo © Stewart Attwood WEB

National Museums Scotland reveals contemporary whisky collection

National Museums Scotland has revealed a new collection exploring contemporary Scottish whisky. Announced to coincide with World Whisky Day on 21 May 2022, a selection of bottled whiskies, packaging and related material have been acquired to reflect the thriving industry in the 21st century.