The National Museum's Scotland Listings For January and February Include KABUKI, HUNTING THE HIGGS BOSON, and More

The National Museum's Scotland Listings For January and February Include KABUKI, 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

Bells Up Brass Quintet

11 January, 15:15-16:00

Grand Gallery, Level 1
Free, drop-in

The award-winning Bells Up Brass Quintet was formed in 2009 by a group of undergraduate students studying on the BMus course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The members all hail from different corners of Scotland and Ireland and they specialise in Western Classical music with trombone, french horn, two trumpets and a tuba.

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.

Open studies course: Understanding Colour: 2D (B255)

Fridays from 17 January for 10 weeks, 10:30-12:30
Cost: £85/£56, Book online

This exciting new course will introduce the colourful world of the National Museum of Scotland's collections. Examine objects from the natural history, scientific and decorative arts galleries to discover the effects colour has on us. You will also be shown some simple techniques that will allow you to record the colourful images you see, retaining a lasting reminder of your studies.

Open studies course: Discovering the National Collections - Sculpture of the World (B230)

Fridays from 17 January for 10 weeks, 12:15-14:15
Cost: £60, Book online

By using the collections of the National Museum of Scotland discover first-hand how to look at sculpture. Following major periods and styles this course will enable you to extend your visual skills along with knowledge of materials and methods of construction which underpin the creative process.

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 ourSaturday Showcase, in partnership with Glenmorangie. Includes a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner.

Evening Lecture: Portable Antiquities Scheme

27 January, 18:00-19:00

Free, to book 0300 123 6789

Roger Bland, Keeper of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, discusses the role of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which records and promotes new archeaological finds in England and Wales. In association with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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