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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 

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.

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.

01. Silver casket. Image copyright National Museums Scotland WEB

Rare French silver casket believed to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots is acquired for the nation

A silver casket believed to have been owned by Mary, Queen of Scots has been acquired for the nation. An iconic piece of Scotland’s national heritage, it goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh from Thursday 19 May.   

Detail of A Large Pine Tree Pool, Hitomi Hosono, 2019, ©Hitomi Hosono. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

Japanese Contemporary Design

6 May 2022 to 5 March 2023 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 

Rug entitled 'Tulip Petals'designed by Bernat Klein and manufactured by Fiedler Fabric, c. late 1960s - early 1970s. Image © National Museums Scotland web

Bernat Klein: Design in Colour

5 November 2022 to 23 April 2023 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 
Admission: Free 

nms.ac.uk/designincolour 
#BernatKlein 

Count Peter Pininski with the Book of Hours at the National Museum of Scotland. Photo © Stewart Attwood 03

Prayer book inscribed by Mary, Queen of Scots goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland

An illustrated prayer book featuring a poem handwritten by the young Mary, Queen of Scots, is to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland from Thursday 31 March.

University of Edinburgh PhD student Natalia Jagielska with the Jurassic Pterosaur fossil, Dearc sgiathanach. Photo © Stewart Attwood. WEB

World’s largest Jurassic pterosaur unearthed on Scottish island

A spectacular fossil of a huge flying reptile known as a pterosaur, that was found on the Isle of Skye, is the largest of its kind ever discovered from the Jurassic period.

Hunterston Brooch, c. 700 AD. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

New book gives fresh perspective on Scotland’s Viking-age foundations

Crucible of Nations reveals Medieval Scotland as a melting pot of ideas.

Arthur's Seat Coffins. Copyright National Museums Scotland (3)-2

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

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