The National Museum of Scotland Announces Summer Festivities

To complete the summer festivals strand, Ilana Halperin, the artist behind the stunning contemporary art exhibition The Library, currently on display in the Grand Gallery, is hosting two events as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. On 3 August Geological Home Movies, a special screening of films at the Museum, explores how different artists interact with geological processes, play with the laws of physics and embrace nature's capacity to create and destroy, including a new work by the Ilana herself. Then on 17 August, Andrew Patrizio, Professor of Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh, explores the surprising relationship between contemporary art and geology in A Tour of The Library. Both these events are free but can be booked in advance online here

As well as tailored festival events the National Museum of Scotland also has special exhibitions on display, including Amazing Amber - which has free entry - and our major summer exhibition Mary, Queen of Scots. Both have innovative programmes of accompanying events, including In Conversation: Antonia Fraser, a unique opportunity to hear the author discuss her highly acclaimed book on the Scottish queen. Children and families can also enjoy a variety of fun-filled events throughout the holidays, including RSPB: Raptors! which explores the importance of birds of prey throughout history, and Royal Rumblings! courtly crafts, costumes and hands-on history inspired by the Mary, Queen of Scots exhibition.

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  1. The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £47m redevelopment. Since then it has been awarded the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award for the number one museum in the UK, 6th in Europe and 18th in the world. It has entered the top ten most popular UK visitor attractions (ALVA), becoming the most popular attraction in the country outside of London. And with nearly 1.9 million visitors in 2012, the Museum has just entered the top 20 most popular art museums and galleries in the world (The Art Newspaper).