19 June 2012

National Museums of Scotland

The new National Museum of Scotland is now open! Take a journey of discovery through Scottish history, the natural world, world cultures, science and technology and art and design as the new museum brings the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world.

The wealth of treasures represent more than two centuries of collecting. Collections take in everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to decorative and applied arts; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.

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The museums

The collection is displayed across five museum sites in Scotland: the National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum, in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight, in East Lothian, the National Museum of Costume in Dumfries and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.
As well as the museums, the National Museums Collection Centre, based in Granton, Edinburgh, is home to millions of items not currently on display. It also houses state-of-the-art facilities for conservation, taxidermy and academic research.

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Research and expertise

The collections are a legacy which they look after on behalf of all Scots. The challenge is to translate the significance of the millions of objects in their care to a wide audience. How we interpret the collections can increase public understanding of human history and the natural environment. Their research framework provides clear focus for unearthing these stories and often involves collaboration at local, national and international levels.
They also provide advice, expertise and support to museums across Scotland, to help them enhance their own collections and displays.

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Exhibitions and events

A packed programme of exhibitions and events at the museums draw in more than one million visitors each year. From the aerial excitement of the Airshow to the festive fun of the Fair and Foal show, science experiments and historical re-enactments to tea parties and haunted house tours, craft workshops to concerts and ceilidhs, there’s always something going on across the museum sites.

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