National Museums Scotland Listings Until 5/25 Feature SCOTLAND CREATES, POWER OF TEN, and More

National Museums Scotland Listings Until 5/25 Feature SCOTLAND CREATES, POWER OF TEN, and More

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


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Mammoths of the Ice Age

Until 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 hundreds of thousands 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.

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.

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

Next of Kin is supported by the Culture Division, Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

For Adults

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 thePower of Ten exhibition, explores the late Renaissance context in which these innovations were made, and their relevance today.

Museum Lates: Retro-future

16 May, 19:00-22:30

Grand Gallery

Cost: Lates only £12/£10 Members and Concessions; Lates plus jewellery workshop* £20/£18 Members and Concessions. Book tickets online, in person at the museum or call 0300 123 6789

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. Make your own retro phone necklace in a Red Door Gallery workshop* and immerse yourself in the romance of Love in a... Museum. And of course you can expect the return of all the highlights you know and love -Silent Disco, face-painting, art installations and photo booth.

This event will be filmed for broadcast by the BBC.

For Families

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Family Fun

3-5 and 17-19 May, 12:00-16:00

Free, drop in

Enjoy holiday weekend activities, including crafts, stories and object handling inspired by incredible images of the natural world from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Magic Carpet

Wednesday during term time

10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins)

Suitable for ages 2-4 (+ their adult)

Free - sign up on day at Info Desk, Entrance Hall, Level 0, as places are limited

The National Museum of Scotland's magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too!

Magic Carpet Minis

Thursdays during term time

10:30 and 11:30 (20 mins)

Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult)

Free - sign up on day at Info Desk, Entrance Hall, Level 0, as places are limited

Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting.

Feely Fridays

Fridays during term time, 13:30 - 16:30

Free, drop-in

Feely Fridays gives you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections - from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details.

Edinburgh International Science Festival at the National Museum of Scotland, 5 - 20 April

This spring, Edinburgh International Science Festival returns to the National Museum of Scotland to bring science to life with a brand new interactive showcase: Making It... at the Museum and a series of engaging and entertaining workshops, talks, presentations and demonstrations which the whole family can enjoy. Visit for the full programme of events.

Science Festival family events at the Museum

Making It... at the Museum

5 - 20 April, 10:00-17:00

Grand Gallery


This brand new interactive display takes centre stage in the Museum's Grand Gallery for this year's Festival. Making It gives you the chance to immerse yourself in accessible technologies and discover the maker movement. And there are lots of demonstrations and things to do: from 3D printing to giant drawing machines, and from electronics to DIY biology.

Lab Rats: Mammoth Poo Detectives

7 - 11 April, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:00 (45 mins)

Free - limited spaces, sign up on the day with your adult helper

Suitable for ages 4-7

The Lab Rats scientists are using poo clues to track down mammoths and mastodons. Explore Ice Age environments through demonstrations and hands-on messy challenges.

Ice Ice Baby

14 - 18 April, 10:30, 11:30, 14:30 & 15:30 (30 mins)

Free - limited spaces, sign up on the day with your adult helper

Suitable for ages 3 and under

Bring your little ones for sensory science story sessions inspired by our Mammoths and the Ice Age exhibition.

Family events from the University of Edinburgh

5 - 19 April, 10:00-16:30

Learning Centre, Levels 2 & 4

Free - some events require a ticket - visit for further information

Discover science with real scientists from The University of Edinburgh. Visit the National Museum of Scotland's Learning Centre for free, family-friendly drop-in activities, workshops and shows, covering subjects from chemistry, bio-sciences and maths, to engineering, medicine and computing.

Science Festival adult events at the Museum

Bruno Pontecorvo: Physicist and Atomic Spy?

8 April, 17:30-19:00


Cost: £8/£6/£4 students

Join acclaimed physicist Prof Frank Close of the University of Oxford to explore the life of Bruno Pontecorvo, a brilliant atomic physicist who defected from the West to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Learn about the mystery that surrounded his sudden disappearance, and his immense value for the Soviet Union as Frank opens up a world of intelligence and counter-intelligence involving blueprints of a nuclear reactor, the theft of the materials for an atomic bomb and reveals for the first time the tipoff that led to Pontecorvo's defection.

Extinct Mammoths, Endangered Elephants

9 April, 17:30-19:00


Cost: £8/£6/£4 students

What caused the extinction of the mammoth at the end of the last Ice Age - climate change, human hunting, or a combination of the two? Coinciding with the Mammoths of the Ice Age exhibition, Prof Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum in London asks whether understanding the mammoth's demise can help us to conserve their close relatives, the living elephants.

Multiple Sclerosis: A Very Scottish Problem?

10 April, 13:00-14:00


Cost: £5

Scotland is recorded as having the highest prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the world, with around 10,000 people living with the condition. But why is this? And what might the sun (or lack of it) have to do with it? Researchers from the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in Edinburgh explore the impacts, advances and future outlooks for this condition and Anne Brown, a Scots writer living with Multiple Sclerosis, reads from her informative and comical blog for the MS Society.

Part of Healthy Lunches

Spotlight On: 3d At The Museum

10 April, 14:00-15:00

Learning Centre, Level 4

Free (ticket required)

Meet National Museum of Scotland curator Klaus Staubermann and Tom Seatter from Heriot Watt University and discover how the Museum is using 3D printing technology to find new ways to engage with the National Collections, from archæological artefacts to working machinery and modern jewellery.


10 April, 17:30-19:00

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