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Speaker's Chair from the former Royal High School being prepared for transport to the National Museums Collection Centre (credit Stewart Attwood)

Speaker’s Chair from the Parliament building that never was acquired by National Museums Scotland

The Presiding Officer’s chair from what would have become the Scottish Parliament building in the event of a vote for devolution in the 1979 referendum has been gifted to National Museums Scotland.

Raise A Paddle © Fenton Lutunatabua / 350.org

Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania

Saturday 12 August 2023 to Sunday 14 April 2024
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Admission: Free

nms.ac.uk/risingtide

Conservator Thilo Burgel oversees the arrival of a newly-acquired Boeing 747 engine at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.  © Paul Dodds-4

National Museum of Flight marks new season with 747 engine arrival

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune has taken delivery of a recently-acquired Boeing 747 engine which will go on display from Saturday 1 April when the East Lothian attraction resumes seven-day opening for the new season.

The National Museum of Flight. Photo © Ruth Armstrong WEB

Free entry at the National Museum of Flight as The National Lottery Open Week returns

As a recipient of National Lottery funding, the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is inviting players to visit for free on 25 and 26 March 

Spring bunnies Caleb Stewart and Leo Weh bounce into spring in the farmhouse garden at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.  The attraction will be hosting a series of family activities to celebrate the new season including Spring Explorers sessions supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery featuring storytelling, craft activities and a sheep-themed trail.

National Museum of Rural Life springs into new season

Springtime storytelling sessions, craft activities and the chance to see new-born lambs, calves and piglets are some of the attractions for visitors to enjoy in the coming weeks at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.

Declaration of Arbroath 2 credit Mike Brooks © King's Printer for Scotland, National Records of Scotland, SP13-7

Declaration of Arbroath to go on Public Display for the First Time in 18 Years at the National Museum of Scotland

Saturday June 3 to Sunday 2 July 2023

Admission Free

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#DeclarationOfArbroath

The Declaration of Arbroath will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland this summer for the first time in 18 years. The display has been organised in partnership between National Museums Scotland and National Records of Scotland, who are custodians of the document. The famous document will be on show from 3 June to 2 July 2023.

Model Zelda Smyth wears a Gareth Pugh dress hand-embroidered with black plastic drinking straws. The dress will go on display in Beyond the Little Black Dress at the National Museum of Scotland which opens on 1 July. Tickets for the exhibition go on sale tomorrow [3 March]. © David Eustace

New images by David Eustace are revealed as tickets for Beyond the Little Black Dress go on sale

Tickets for the National Museum of Scotland’s summer exhibition Beyond the Little Black Dress go on sale tomorrow, Friday 3 March, 2023. 

Two portraits of members of the Chief of Clan Grant’s household, ‘The Piper’ and ‘The Champion’ are now on display in the National Museum of Scotland.

18th century clan portraits go on display at the National Museum of Scotland

Two portraits of important members of the Chief of Clan Grant’s household are now on display in the National Museum of Scotland.  

Short-finned pilot whale. Copyright Georg Hantke

First recorded stranding of a short-finned pilot whale in the UK reported

A new study of a whale which stranded off the Pembrokeshire coast in 2012 has revealed it to be the first short-finned pilot whale ever to be found in British waters.  

Cybermen patrol the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Stewart Attwood. WEB

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder opens this weekend

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder 
9 Dec 2022 - 1 May 2023 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh  

nms.ac.uk/doctorwho 
#DoctorWhoWoW 

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.

National Museums Scotland to transfer memorial pole to Nisga’a Nation

A memorial pole brought to Scotland nearly a century ago will be returned to its place of origin in what is now British Columbia, Canada.  

Beyond the Little Black Dress at the National Museum of Scotland. Contact press office for copyright information.-2

Beyond the Little Black Dress

Saturday 1 July to Sunday 29 October 2023 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 

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#BeyondLBD 

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will deconstruct the little black dress, examining the radical power of the colour black in fashion. From design classics to cutting-edge catwalk creations, Beyond the Little Black Dress (1 July to 29 October 2023) will bring together more than 60 striking looks from collections and designers around the world.