National Museums Scotland Listings Until 3/16 Feature MAMMOTHS OF THE ICE AGE, and More

Below are the National Museums Scotland listings until 16 March 2014. For more information, visit their website, http://www.nms.ac.uk/ or their Twitter, http://twitter.com/NtlMuseumsScot or their Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NationalMuseumsScotland.

Exhibitions

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Hunting the Higgs Boson

27 September 2013 - 16 February 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1

Free

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

Free

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

Free

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.

Events/Activities

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

For Everyone

Oskana Mavrodii and Juliette Philogène

8 March, 15:15-16:00
Grand Gallery, Level 1
Free, drop-in

Enjoy a live recital from soprano Oskana Mavrodii and pianist Juliette Philogène in the opulent surroundings of the Museum's Grand Gallery. Part an uplifting series of concerts with Live Music Now, every second Saturday of the month.

Lung Ha's Theatre Company: The Hold

12-16 March, various times (see www.nms.ac.uk/lungha for details)

Cost: £9/£7

The Hold, written by Adrian Osmond, is the poignant, lyrical and profoundly moving story of one man looking back over his life - but with a future still yet to be written. Peter, a man for whom holding onto every moment of his life has become a physical obsession, realises that letting go of the past is the only way he can look forward, and perhaps even find peace. The Hold is a site-specific, promenade performance which will be staged at National Museum of Scotland.

For Adults

Spotlight On: Mammoths in Scotland

6 February, 14:00-15:00

Auditorium, Level 1, doors open 13:40

Free, to book 0300 123 6789

What do we know about mammoth activity in Scotland? Curators Andrew Kitchener and Nick Fraser piece together the large footprints of the past.

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Cornelia Parker

13 February, 19:00-20:00 (doors open 18:15, entry via Lothian Street at rear of museum)

Auditorium, Level 1
Cost: £6, £5 Members and concessions, to book call 0300 123 6789

Acclaimed artist Cornelia Parker unpicks her 30-year dialogue with the found (and lost) object, and her re-interpretation of Henry Moore's sculptural mantra 'Truth to Materials'. Join her as she explores ideas of reverse archaeology, playing with time, and her ongoing series of fractured, unmade and pre-empted 'Avoided' objects.

Evening Lecture: The Lives of Mammoths and Mastodons

25 February, 18:30-19:30
Auditorium, Level 1
Cost: £6, £5 Members and Concessions. Book online or call 0300 123 6789

Professor Dan Fisher, palaeontologist at University of Michigan, explores how new methods of analysing the preserved remains of mammoths and mastodons can yield surprisingly rich accounts of their diets, environments and histories of growth and reproduction.

Museum Lates: Night of the Mammoths

28 February, 19:00-22:30

Cost: £18/£16 Lates and exhibition entry, £10/£6 Lates only, 18+ only

Hosted by Radio 1's Vic Galloway, Museum Lates: Night of the Mammoths will feature a headline performance from lo-fi folk pop hero The Pictish Trail, aka Lost Map Records' Johnny Lynch. Support comes in the form of a DJ set from Ladytron's Marnie, whose debut solo album Crystal World was released in 2013. Expect the return of all the highlights you know and love -Silent Disco, face-painting, art installations, photo booth and more - plus some wild and woolly surprises. And of course you can also discover the real facts about mammoths and mastodons in our new blockbuster exhibition, Mammoths of the Ice Age - and try out the interactive games without having to push small children out of the way...




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