National Museum of Scotland – Free themed tours in September

Window on the World, National Museum of Scotland
Window on the World, National Museum of Scotland

1 – 30 September 2015
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh
0300 123 6789

Meet the Guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall Level

Topics include:
Our Roman Legacy
Scottish Sporting Successes
Steam Engines
Vikings Ahoy!
18th Century Scotland

For more information, please see here.

St Andrews and National Museum of Costume




Here’s another great Pinterest site:  St Andrews with 179 Pins and 24 Boards.


Also an announcement from the National Museum of Costume:

“National Museums Scotland has announced that the National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House, near New Abbey, Dumfries is to close.

As a consequence of the economic recession, National Museums Scotland, like many organisations in the public sector across the UK, has seen a reduction in available public funding.

The very low numbers of visitors to the National Museum of Costume along with high operational costs is no longer sustainable. In addition, the domestic layout of Shambellie House places limitations on it being used effectively as a national museum.”

For the full press release, please see here.

National Museum of Scotland

There has been much excitement around the re-opening of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its doors re-opened today after 3 years of renovation and thousands turned out for the big event.

Originally opened in 1866 by Prince Albert, the museum has been restored in Victorian fashion and 16 new galleries have been added.

“Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland, worked with Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins and world-famous exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum, from National Museums Scotland, to restore the Victorian architecture.

He said: ‘I think when people come in for the first time will be amazed by the transformation. What we’ve really done is created a new museum in the old building.

‘You can see a wholly transformed building back to its former glory, its 16 new galleries with 80,000 exhibits and 80% of them weren’t on display previously. There’s really something for everyone.

‘Before the museum was looking a bit tired, it was showing its age, some of the displays were very very old. It really was a bit out of date inside so we thought really it was about time we brought it back to life and we provided a museum for people that was both interesting and attractive.’”

Edinburgh Spotlight has taken some terrific photos and videos of the event which you can find below and on their website.

Here is the quieter, more refined clip – the before the doors open, if you like:

and then the clip from the opening event today with lots of boisterous excitement: