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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. 

WEB Conservator Bethan Bryan with the Roman arm guard. Photo (c) Duncan McGlynn (8)

Ancient jigsaw puzzle is solved as rare Roman armour is reconstructed ahead of major exhibition

An exceptionally rare piece of Roman armour from National Museums Scotland’s collection has been painstakingly reconstructed from dozens of fragments. Dating from the middle of the second century, the brass arm guard will be seen in its entirety for the first time in almost 2000 years when it goes on loan to the British Museum for the major exhibition Legion: life in the Roman army next month.

Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin met children from Edinburgh's Bun Sgoil Taobh Na Pairce (Parkside Primary School) at the opening of the new exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which opens on Saturday 20 January at the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Duncan McGlynn-5

Hamza Yassin attends opening of Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Edinburgh

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 
20 January to 6 May 2024 

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 

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Cold War Scotland

13 July 2024 to 26 January 2025 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 
Admission: Free 

WEB Curator Sophie Goggins with Dolly the Sheep fleece. Photo © Duncan McGlynn (9)

National Museums Scotland gifted fleece of Dolly the Sheep

National Museums Scotland has acquired a fleece from Dolly the Sheep. The fleece, which recently appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has been donated to the National Collections by Dr William A. Ritchie, the embryologist on the Roslin Institute team that created Dolly, the world’s first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

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Major video game exhibition to open in Edinburgh next summer

Game On 

29 June to 3 November 2024 

Game On, the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games, will return to Edinburgh next summer. The exhibition, featuring iconic characters and games ranging from Space Invaders to Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario to Minecraft, runs from 29 June to 3 November 2024 at the National Museum of Scotland. 

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Story of ancient Egyptian objects unearthed in Fife over a 30-year period published for the first time

The story of the remarkable discovery of a group of Egyptian objects uncovered at Melville House in Fife between 1952 and 1984 is being told in full for the first time in an article published in the upcoming Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 

Curator Dr Godfrey Evans with the Panmure ewer and basin. Copyright Stewart Attwood 1

Rare 16th century ewer and basin acquired for the nation

A very rare 16th century silver-gilt ewer and basin have been acquired for the nation and allocated to National Museums Scotland under the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

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5000-year-old tomb discovered in Orkney

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an incredibly rare 5000-year-old Neolithic tomb that was largely destroyed without record in the 19th century.

The Catwalk by Shashwat Harish, Kenya, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition coming to Edinburgh

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, National Museum of Scotland (20 January to 6 May 2024) 

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on 20 January 2024, featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet. 

Edinburgh school pupil Connie Blacklaw (8), checks out a Dolly the Sheep-themed trail at the National Museum of Scotland, part of the programme for Maths Week Scotland, which starts today (Monday 25 September)-6 credit Duncan McGlynn

Maths Week Scotland kicks off tomorrow

This week will see maths-related activities taking place across the country in the annual Maths Week Scotland programme. The theme of this year’s programme, which is coordinated by National Museums Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, is Maths in Motion.  

Monks from Edinburgh's Dhammapadipa Temple welcome a buddha to the National Museum of Scotland. The statue is on loan from the temple as part of a new display 'Theravāda Buddhism' opening Saturday 16 September. Credit: Duncan McGlynn

Buddha from an Edinburgh temple goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland

A Buddha on loan from The Dhammapadipa Temple in Edinburgh is being exhibited as part of Theravāda Buddhism, a new display opening on 16 September at the National Museum of Scotland, which highlights religious practices and living traditions in South and Southeast Asia and Scotland.