National Museum of Scotland

The programme of events for next year at the museums owned by National Museums Scotland will include wildlife photography, Scottish pop music and glass art.

National Museums Scotland consists of National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Flight, and the National War Museum.

Group visits are welcome at the museums, and group organisers should visit the website for details on entry to the different museums.

National Museum of Scotland

Taking over the Museum’s largest exhibition gallery for the first time, Wildlife Photographer of the Year will present 100 photographs exploring the beauty, diversity and fragility of life on Earth. It will take place between 19th January and 29th April.

Spanning a period from the 1950s to the present day, Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop will be the first major exhibition ever mounted on this topic. It will take in diverse movements from dancehall to the emergence of pop in an explosion of colour in the 60s, through the 70s and New Wave, from global stars right up to today’s newcomers. It will take place between 22nd June and 25th November.

Art of Glass, taking place from 6th April to 16th September, will explore the work of leading glass artists in Britain today. Visitors will discover how artists are embracing the medium of glass in new and exciting ways, pushing the boundaries of techniques and challenging the perception of glass as merely a material for creating functional objects.

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers will showcase a collection of Scottish samplers on loan from a private collector in the USA. Samplers are embroidered pictures which, in the 18th and 19th centuries, were made by children as part of their education. The exhibition will be open between 26th October and 21st April 2019.

National War Museum

The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance, from 30th March to 27th January 2019, will coincide with the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War. It will explore the history behind the poppy and its emergence as a symbol of remembrance.

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