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Beth Strange (aged 7) at the National Museum of Rural Life ahead of Woolly Weekend. Image (c) Paul Dodds (5)

National Museum of Rural Life to celebrate the world of wool

Visitors to the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride will be able to explore a world of wool when the attraction hosts its Woolly Weekend event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.

Highland Song, screenshots © Inkle (2)

Scottish video games celebrated as tickets go on sale for blockbuster exhibition

Tickets for the National Museum of Scotland’s major summer exhibition Game On go on sale today, Tuesday 30 April 2024.

National Museums Scotland conservator Bethan Bryan works on the Bronze Age Achmore Vessel, 1000 - 500 BC. Image © Duncan McGlynn

Rare artefacts go on display for first time in new exhibitions in Lewis

Rare objects representing thousands of years of island life, from the Neolithic to the Viking Age, go on display this week in Lewis. More than 40 artefacts on loan from National Museums Scotland, including some displayed for the first time, feature in new exhibitions at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and the Kinloch Historical Society Museum. 

Conservator Diana de Bellaigue removes tarnish from the Mary, Queen of Scots casket. Copyright Duncan McGlynn (5)

Casket believed to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots to go on tour

A silver casket believed to have been owned by Mary, Queen of Scots and which was acquired by National Museums Scotland in 2022 has undergone fresh conservation work ahead of going on tour to Kirkcudbright and Stirling.  

Principal Conservator, Stuart McDonald cleans a Red Arrows Hawk at the National Museum of Flight. Image (c) Paul Dodd (4)

National Museum of Flight’s Red Arrows Hawk and Scotland’s Concorde mark major anniversaries

As the National Museum of Flight commences seven day opening for the new season this week, the East Lothian attraction is encouraging the public to come and see two of its most iconic aircraft as they mark significant milestones.

Harris Craig (9) watches curator Ailsa Hutton prepare a model at the National Museum of Rural Life. Image © Paul Dodds

Animal arrivals and family events herald new season at National Museum of Rural Life

The new visitor season at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride is springing into life with the arrival of new-born lambs, calves and rare-breed piglets. The galleries have been prepared and visitors will have the chance to enjoy special activities and events supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Ruth Armstrong 01 (1)

Enjoy free entry to the National Museum of Flight as The National Lottery Open Week returns for Spring 2024

As a recipient of National Lottery funding, the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is inviting players to visit for free on 16 and 17 March.

Assistant Textile Conservator, Stella Gardner adjusting a silk dress made from escape and evade maps used during the Second World War, on loan from Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Image © Stewart Attwood

New display explores the personal stories behind Second World War Maps

A new display at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle will explore the purpose, importance and personal significance of military maps in the Second World War.  

Curator Ellie Swinbank installs the Nova tidal turbine blade at the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Stewart Attwood (3)

Tidal turbine from Shetland goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland

The blade from a pioneering tidal turbine, previously used in the Bluemull Sound in Shetland, has gone on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The community owned Nova 30 tidal turbine paved the way for the development of the world’s first offshore tidal farm. It was produced by Nova Innovation who donated the blade to the National Collection.

Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. Image © national Museums Scotland CROP

Palaeontologists reveal a 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese Dragon’

An international team of scientists have described new fossils of Dinocephalosaurus orientalis - a five-metre-long aquatic reptile from the Triassic period of China, dating to around 240 million years old.  

Storytelling at the National Museum of Rural Life. Photo (c) Ruth Armstrong (small)-2

Family fun at the National Museum of Rural Life this half term

The whole family can enjoy a day of magical storytelling and farmyard fun at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride this half-term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, February Folk Stories runs from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February. 

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Stewart Atwood small

Travel back in time this half term at the National Museum of Flight

Discover the fascinating Second World War history of East Fortune airfield at the National Museum of Flight this half-term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, families can travel back in time during a weekend of themed activities on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February.