A panel of museum curators will reveal the intriguing stories behind objects featured in our new book Scotland to the World: Treasures from the National Museum of Scotland, which celebrates our 150th anniversary.
  • The eastern half of Chambers Street showing the Edinburgh Museum of Art and Science

    The eastern half of Chambers Street showing the Edinburgh Museum of Art and Science
  • Axehead made of jadeitite, a rare stone prized during the Neolithic period.

    Axehead made of jadeitite, a rare stone prized during the Neolithic period.
  • Silver treasure from Traprain Law, East Lothian, buried in Roman times and uncovered in 1919 (detail).

    Silver treasure from Traprain Law, East Lothian, buried in Roman times and uncovered in 1919 (detail).
  • The Duke of Hamilton’s sumptuous tazza, a shallow dish on a stemmed foot (detail)

    The Duke of Hamilton’s sumptuous tazza, a shallow dish on a stemmed foot (detail)
  • Embroidery of metal vine leaves and glass droplets on evening jacket designed by Elsa Schiaparelli (detail).

    Embroidery of metal vine leaves and glass droplets on evening jacket designed by Elsa Schiaparelli (detail).
  • Beetles from the Dufresne collection, once owned by the French Empress Josephine.

    Beetles from the Dufresne collection, once owned by the French Empress Josephine.
  • Lanarkite from the Lowther Hills in the Southern Uplands, a treasure house of metals and minerals.

    Lanarkite from the Lowther Hills in the Southern Uplands, a treasure house of metals and minerals.
  • Freddy, the first robot to combine a ‘seeing’ eye with a tactile gripper.

    Freddy, the first robot to combine a ‘seeing’ eye with a tactile gripper.
  • The i-Limb, the first commercially available prosthetic hand, and the world’s first bionic arm, both developed in Edinburgh (detail).

    The i-Limb, the first commercially available prosthetic hand, and the world’s first bionic arm, both developed in Edinburgh (detail).
  • Ball-headed club made by the indigenous people of Northeastern America in the early to mid-19th century.

    Ball-headed club made by the indigenous people of Northeastern America in the early to mid-19th century.
  • Wood carving from Sierra Leone, early 19th century, conveying ideals of female identity at the time.

    Wood carving from Sierra Leone, early 19th century, conveying ideals of female identity at the time.
  • The Grand Gallery in the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Grand Gallery in the National Museum of Scotland.
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History of the National Museum of Scotland

In 2016, we celebrate 150 years since the magnificent building that houses the National Museum of Scotland first opened to the public. Explore the Museum’s history here.
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Event information

When

20 Apr 2017
18:30-20:00

Where

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Lothian Street.

How much

£6, £5 Members and concessions

Booking information

Book online or call 0300 123 6789

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