National Museums Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

Our Socials create a friendly environment where everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued. They are suitable for first-time visitors and for those who might not regularly come to the museum, as well as people who have always loved visiting.

Our sessions are relaxed and informal, start with tea and cake, and feature a range of activities inspired by our collections.

John Muir: Celebrating National Parks   

Fri 21 April 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Explore the life and legacy of the Scottish naturalist and advocate for wilderness in the USA.

Fossilised tree slice

Above: Fossilised tree slice from the Arizona Petrified Forest National Park in the USA. The park became a National Monument in 1906, thanks to the campaigning work of John Muir, and a National Park in 1962.

Animal Adaptations

Fri 19 May 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Discover how animals adapt to survive in different habitats.


Above: Chimpanzee.

Behind the Mask

Fri 16 June 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Explore ritual and performance masks from around the world.


Above: Mask from the collection.

Discovering Ancient Egypt

Friday 21 July 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Explore ancient Egyptian objects.

 Mummy mask

Above: Egyptian cartonnage.           

Enlightened Edinburgh

Friday 18 August 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Discover people and stories from the Capital in the 18th century.

Glass retort used by Professor Joseph Black between 1766 and 1799

Glass retort used by Professor Joseph Black, a leading Enlightenment figure, between 1766 and 1799.

Scotland’s Industry: Working Engines

Discover the engines that powered Scotland.

Friday 15 Sept 2017, 10.30-12 noon

Newcomen engine

Above: The Newcomen engine.

Museum Socials are inspired by Meet Me at MoMA. We are programming these with the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  

Event information


21 Apr - 15 Sep 2017


Meet at the Tower Entrance, 10:15 for 10:30

How much

Free, including refreshments

Booking information

Call 0300 123 6789 to book your place.