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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.

Emily Birrell and Harry Anderson from Mossneuk Primary get ready for MooFest at National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride this Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.  Supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the fun family event is a unique celebration of cattle featuring butterchurning workshops, demonstrations, trails, storytelling, crafts and food. Image credit: Paul Dodds.

National Museum of Rural Life introduces udderly fantastic MooFest event

The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride is preparing for a fantastic bovine-themed weekend on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September when it will host its new, family-friendly MooFest event.

Delegates from the Nisga’a Nation with the Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole. Image credit Duncan McGlynn (3)

Nisg̱a’a pole returns to the Nass Valley after 94 years

The House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole makes its way home from Scotland as the first totem pole rematriated from the United Kingdom 

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

New Trustees appointed to the Board of National Museums Scotland

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Ms McKelvie, today announced the appointment of Manuel Fernández Götz and Richard Oram to the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland.

Sim'oogit Ni'isjoohl (Mr Earl Stephens) and Sigidimnak’ Nox Ts'aawit (Dr Amy Parent) of Nisga'a Nation with the memorial pole credit Neil Hanna.

Nisga’a pole returns to the Nass Valley after 94 years

The House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole makes its way home from Scotland as the first totem pole rematriated from the United Kingdom

Curator Dr Ali Clark with the Bottled Ocean 2123 installation, part of a new exhibition, Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania which opens Saturday 12 August at the National Museum of Scotland (credit Stewart Attwood)

Climate-themed exhibition of Oceanic art to open at the National Museum of Scotland

A new exhibition, Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania opening this Saturday at the National Museum of Scotland showcases artworks created in response to the climate crisis in Australia and the Pacific Islands.  

Quaich, silver, by Matthew Colquhoun, Ayr, c1685 © Stewart Attwood-2

Uniquely Scottish Silver

Uniquely Scottish Silver  
5 August 2023 to 26 May 2024 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Chloe Spencer (9) looks forward the opening of the National Museum of Flight’s Brick History LEGO® display this Saturday.  Running at the East Lothian attraction until 5 November, the display depicts pivotal moments in world history in LEGO® and is accompanied by hands-on family events including the chance to build a LEGO® Saturn V space rocket at a Big Build Weekend on 26 and 27 August. Credit: Paul Dodds

National Museum of Flight presents history in LEGO® bricks

A special display of LEGO® models showing key moments in history will go on display at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian next Saturday 5 August.

William Grant Foundation Research Fellow, Rosie Waine with a skirt and top by Prickly Thistle. Credit - Duncan McGlynn (2)

National Museums Scotland acquires contemporary Highland dress

National Museums Scotland has revealed a new collection of contemporary Highland dress, documenting a vibrant industry in Scotland today. Eight outfits have been added to National Museums Scotland’s world class holdings of tartan and Highland dress, enabling it to tell the story of Scotland’s iconic costume in the 21st century. 

Artist George Nuku puts the finishing touches to the installation of the artwork Bottled Ocean 2123

Ocean-themed artwork made from recycled plastic to be unveiled at the National Museum of Scotland

The artwork Bottled Ocean 2123, which imagines the state of the oceans 100 years into the future in an immersive, undersea landscape crafted from recycled plastic, has been installed at the National Museum of Scotland.