National Museums Scotland Listings Feature HUNTING THE HIGGS BOSON, and More


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Hunting the Higgs Boson

27 September 2013 - 16 February 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


This small exhibition explores the journey and continuing quest to discover the fundamental structure of the universe, and includes objects from CERN as well personal artefacts from Professor Peter Higgs.

Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints

4 October 2013 - 2 February 2014

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3


Come face to face with Kabuki theatre's most famous warriors, villains, heroes and heroines through 61 of the finest Japanese woodblock prints from the Museums' collection. The striking designs present vivid depictions of Kabuki, the popular form of traditional, all-male, Japanese theatre which combines drama, music, dance and acrobatics in convoluted plots concerning dramatic emotional conflicts and feats of derring-do. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view these beautiful images and to learn more about a fascinating cultural and social period in Japanese history.

Creative Spirit: Revealing Early Medieval Scotland

25 October 2013 - 23 February 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


The Glenmorangie Early Medieval Research Project casts new light on iconic objects from the time of the Picts and the Gaels. This small exhibition presents re-creations which bring back to life objects that did not survive or are badly preserved, made using traditional craft skills and innovative technology.

Mammoths of the Ice Age

24 January - 20 April 2014

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Cost: Adult £9, Concession £7.50, Child (5-15) £6, Under 5s free, Family of 3* £19, Family of 4* £25 (*must include at least 1 adult and 1 child), National Museums Scotland Members free, National Art Pass holders receive 50% discount

Journey back in time millions of years and discover the animals of the Ice Age at the first UK showing of this interactive, family-friendly exhibition. Joust with mammoth tusks, feel mammoth fur between your fingertips and touch the replica teeth of a colossal mastodon. Then meet Lyuba, a detailed replica of the 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, and learn why early humans both hunted and honoured these majestic animals. This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago.

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle, EH1 2NG

Arctic Convoys

24 May 2013 - 13 March 2014

Free with admission to Edinburgh Castle

Sailing from Scotland, Iceland and North America to ports in northern Russia, the Arctic convoys carried vital supplies to the Russian allies. As well as facing the constant possibility of attack from German U-boats, the men who sailed on these ships faced some of the toughest conditions of the war: freezing cold, storms and treacherous fog. Thousands of British merchant and naval seamen lost their lives in this operation. Through photographs, letters, interviews and personal possessions, this exhibition tells the story of the courage and determination of these wartime heroes.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

For Everyone

Champagne Flutes Trio

14 December, 15:15-16:00

Grand Gallery

Champagne Flutes is a trio comprising of flute students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, their repertoire ranges from the early baroque period to works by modern day composers. Come and enjoy them play in the magnificent setting of the Museum's Grand Gallery

Christmas Choirs

15 December, 13:30-16:00

Level 1

Free, drop-in

Get in the festive spirit with concerts from local choirs.

Christmas Art Competition

27 - 30 December, 10:30-16:30

Free, drop-in

Which of our treasures will inspire you on the 40th anniversary of this popular drawing competition? Basic materials provided, all ages and abilities welcome.

Supported by STAEDTLER.

Scot:Lands - Home:Land

1 January, 12:00-17:30


Discover nine incredible new worlds, presenting the very best in music, art and theatre; created and curated by Scotland's most innovative artists and musicians. Start your journey at the Home:Land - the National Museum of Scotland - where you'll receive a Landing Card with information about the first destination of your journey. Once your journey is completed, return to the Museum for 17:00 and enter your Landing Card into the prize draw to win a journey of a life time across Scotland. Part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

For Adults

Containing garbage: The evolution of rubbish bin design in the UK and West Germany, 1945-1970s

14 January, 15:00-16:30
Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4
Free, book your place by contacting Maureen Kerr on 0131 247 4274 or

Join Professor Ray Stokes from University of Glasgow for the next lecture in our Understanding Technology series. Immediately after the Second World War, the lowly rubbish bin in the UK was remarkably similar to its West German counterpart. During the decades that followed, both countries became consumer societies. By the 1970s, in response to a greatly changed waste stream, bins in West Germany had become radically different from those in the immediate post-war period, while those in Britain remained largely unchanged. This paper explores the factors accounting for this divergence.

Saturday Showcase: Making Stones Speak

18 January, 14:00-16:30

Auditorium, Level 1, doors open 13:40
Cost: £10, £8 Members and concessions, to book 0300 123 6789

What can we learn from re-examining replicas, the responses of contemporary artists to the magnificent stones sculptures of Early Medieval Scotland, and from re-creating these ancient monuments using innovative digital technology? Find out in our Saturday Showcase, in partnership with Glenmorangie. Includes a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner.

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