National Museums Scotland Listings Feature SCOTLAND CREATES, MING: THE GOLDEN EMPIRE and More

National Museums Scotland Listings Feature SCOTLAND CREATES, MING: THE GOLDEN EMPIRE and More

The National Museums Scotland's listings until May 25th are below. They include exhibits such as Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place, Ming: The Golden Empire and much more. There are also many activities and events for families and for adults.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

17 March - 1 June 2014

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3


Through the lens of wildlife photography this exhibition captures the intrigue and beauty of our planet. These awe-inspiring images, selected from 43,000 entries by amateur and professional photographers in 96 countries, give us a glimpse of the natural world as it has never been seen before. From charismatic animal portraits to dramatic landscapes and provocative photojournalism, this year's breathtaking exhibition raises the bar of wildlife photography once more, exciting loyal fans and new audiences alike. The 100 award-winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition are beautifully displayed on back-lit installations, with each image accompanied by its photographer's story and technical details.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Power of Ten: Inventing Logarithms

28 March - 6 July 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


Four hundred years ago, John Napier's pioneering work on logarithms enabled more calculations to be completed in an hour than had previously been managed in an entire day. From the introduction of the decimal point to the development of slide rules, explore how Napier's revolutionary innovations advanced and influenced mathematics from the 17th century to the present day.

Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place

9 May - 31 August 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


How do we express our Sense of Place? Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with staff at National Museums Scotland and at four partner museums, to explore what they felt was important about where they come from. They chose objects from the National Museum of Scotland and their local museums, for exhibitions in 2013. This final exhibition, the culmination of their project, showcases their choices and ideas, expressed through art, music, dance and films. Find out more about the Scotland Creates project here.

Ming: The Golden Empire

27 June - 19 October 2014

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Cost: Adults £10/£8; Child (age 12-15) £6.50; Under 12s free; National Museums Scotland Members free; National Art Pass holders 50% discount

A collection of original artefacts from the Nanjing Museum, including Chinese National Treasures, introduce key aspects of the Ming dynasty, focusing on the remarkable cultural, technological and economic achievements of the period. Exquisite luxury items and rare objects reveal the wealth and opulence of the Ming imperial court, including the iconic blue and white porcelain with which the period is synonymous, sumptuous silk textiles, gold and jades, and rare examples of elaborately enamelled cloisonné. This will be the only UK showing of this internationally significant exhibition, which has been produced by Nomad Exhibitions in association with Nanjing Museum.

Sponsored by Baille Gifford Investment Managers.

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle, EH1 2NG

Next of Kin

18 April 2014 - March 2015

Free with admission to Edinburgh Castle

1914 brought war to Scotland on an unprecedented scale. How did families cope with the absence and loss of their loved ones? Through a selection of family treasures, this exhibition reveals the profound personal experiences of Scottish families during the First World War, and the methods used to remember those they loved.

Next of Kin will tour eight venues around Scotland until 2018 and will be accompanied by digital and learning resources. Each venue will develop additional content related to their local areas which will be captured and preserved in an online resource. Find out more at

Supported by the Culture Division, Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

For Adults

Museum Lates: Retro-future

16 May, 19:00-22:30

Grand Gallery

Cost: Lates only £12/£10 Members and Concessions. Book tickets online, in person at the museum or call 0300 123 6789. Over 18s only.

Step back and forward in time as we take you on a steam-powered journey through our collections, from iconic designs of the past to cutting edge technology of the future. Hosted by Radio 1's Vic Galloway, the main stage sees DJ Lord Holyrude drop some vintage beats from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, spinning original shellac recordings on his twin gramophones, before headliner Withered Hand brings us soaring back into the 21st century with his unique blend of uplifting folk-pop-rock.

For something more seductive, the Edinburgh International Festival's Love in a... Museum adds an element of romance to the line-up, whilst eminent psychologist and magician Richard Wiseman uncovers the power of the sleeping mind in his Night School. Not forgetting all the Museum Lates' usual suspects - Silent Disco, face-painting and art installations - and of course, whether you're living it up on the dance-floor or following a trail through our night-time galleries, don't forget to dress to impress in vintage/futuristic style.

This event will be filmed for broadcast by the BBC.

Spotlight On: Power of Ten

1 May, 14:00-15:00

Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4

Free, book in advance. Book online or call 0300 123 6789

In 1614 the Scottish scholar John Napier published his ground-breaking work on logarithms. Dr Tacye Phillipson, curator of the Power of Ten exhibition, explores the late Renaissance context in which these innovations were made, and their relevance today.

What really makes buildings safer?

13 May
Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4
Free. To book your place please call Maureen Kerr on 0131 247 4274 or email

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