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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.

Spring clean at the National Museum of Flight. Copyright Paul Dodds

New season events highlight National Museum of Flight’s airfield heritage

The National Museum of Flight in East Lothian will commence seven-day opening on Friday 1 April for a new season that features a number of special events exploring the East Fortune attraction’s history as a wartime RAF base.

Concorde at the National Museum of Flight copyright Sean Bell (3)

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 26 and 27 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.

Rock crystal jar from the Galloway Hoard. Photo ©  Neil Hanna WEB

Galloway Hoard yields another exciting discovery, the name of a Bishop Hyguald inscribed on rare rock crystal jar

A rare rock crystal jar found wrapped in textiles as part of the Galloway Hoard has been conserved, revealing a Latin inscription written in gold. The inscription says the jar was made for a bishop named Hyguald.

Lyndsay McGill, Curator of Renaissance and Early Modern History at National Museums Scotland with the 17th century silver trumpet bell, mazer and quaich. Photo © Phil Wilkinson WEB

National Museums Scotland gifted rare collection of 17th century Scottish silver

National Museums Scotland have acquired a trio of exceptionally rare silver objects created in Scotland in the 1600s. The quaich, trumpet bell and mazer are important examples of 17th century Scottish craftsmanship and have been donated to the National Collections by Ron and Rosemary Haggarty.

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

£250,000 project for community groups to research collections in galleries, libraries, archives and museums across the UK

National Museums Scotland has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the National Maritime Museum, London to enable organisations around the UK to work with community groups to explore experiences of empire, migration, and life in Britain through their collections.

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.

Oak armorial roundel, bearing arms of James V and Marie de Guise, 16th century. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

National Museums Scotland Acquires Armorial Panels Associated With Marie de Guise, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots

A series of oak armorial panels from a house inhabited by Mary Queen of Scots’s mother Marie de Guise, Regent of Scotland and wife of James V, have been acquired and conserved by National Museums Scotland. The announcement coincides with the birth date of Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542).

L-R Meredith Greiling, Anna Starkey and Joesph Jackson guide the LUTZ Pathfinder through the Grand Gallery © Neil Hanna Photography WEB

National Museums Scotland acquires one of the UK’s first autonomous vehicles

National Museums Scotland has acquired a prototype LUTZ Pathfinder, one of three vehicles used for the first test of fully self-driving cars in public in the UK. Going on display in the National Museum of Scotland from today, it is the first autonomous vehicle to enter a UK museum collection.

Print depicting Carolina Parrots from Birds of America, by John James Audubon. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

Audubon’s Birds of America

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the artistry and legacy of one of the world’s rarest, most coveted and biggest books.