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Over the last 50 years, Britain has had a significant impact on how glass is perceived as an art form. Both national and international artists have based themselves here, drawn to the teaching and world-renowned facilities the UK offers.

Presented in partnership with @nationalcraftanddesign ​, this exhibition examines the diverse work of established and emerging glass artists working in Britain today.

#ArtofGlassExhibition features a selection of innovative works, revealing an inspirational snapshot of glass art today.

When: Opens Friday 6 April until 16 September 2018
Where: Exhibition Gallery 3, National Museum of Scotland
Cost: Free

Image: Heike Brachlow, Implication, cast glass, 2017 ©️ Heike Brachlow / Image Ester Segarra

#Glass #NationalMuseumsScotland



We've started to welcome new lambs and calves at the Wester Kittochside Farm at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.
Over 100 lambs are expected at the farm over the next three weeks, with Jersey and Ayrshire calves also joining the new arrivals.
And we have a hive of activity for three days for #SpringintoEaster with the chance to learn about bumblebees, wasps and our resident honeybees, and join in high-energy, bee-themed activity sessions. Children can enjoy tall tales and tricky riddles at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, get creative at an Easter craft session, hear stories of the animals in the farm’s garden kitchen or meet Sadie, the 1950s washerwoman. Meet a menagerie of visiting rabbits, alpacas, chicks, ducks and other poultry, plus meerkats, armadillos, hedgehogs and skunks too!

Find out more
Date: Sat 31 March - Mon 2 April
Cost: Free with museum admission

Image: Spring lambs Charlotte MacDougall, Jack Tennick, Rebecca MacDougall and Luke Wynn launch the new visitor season at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride ©️ Paul Dodds.

#Spring #Easter #lambs #calves #chicks #RuralLife #EastKilbride #WesterKittochside #NationalMuseumofRuralLife


With Easter approaching on 1 April, we're asking you to share pictures of rabbits, hares, lambs, birds, flowers, eggs and anything else that says Easter to you for the #WildEaster theme of our #WildScotlandChallenge.
This fortnight we have two prize bundles consisting of a pair of tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, 2 family season ticket passes to the National Museum of Rural Life and two vouchers for afternoon tea in the Shielings Café.
To join the challenge, simply upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #WildScotlandChallenge and #WildEaster.
Check out for the full terms and conditions and to see the entries so far.
The #WildScotlandChallenge is inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which runs at the National Museum of Scotland until Sunday 29 April 2018.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.
#WPY53 #WildScotlandChallenge #PhotoChallenge #PhotoCompetition #Easter


Can you name #5WomenArtists? As part of Women's History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts have been asking this seemingly simple question since 2016. So responding to this challenge and following International Women’s Day earlier this month, Hazel went searching for women artists and designers on display at the National Museum of Scotland. Discover what her 5 favourites were in our latest blog. Read:
Hint: One of them is shown in this image: Blown Away Jar. Designed by Elizabeth Fritsch, London, 1990. A.1990.137 On display in the Making and Creating gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

#WomensHistoryMonth #Art #Artists #Designers #Museums #InstaMuseum #MuseSocial #Design #InternationalWomensDay


Happy #WorldPoetryDay! This @UNESCO day recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. We're delighted to share this #poem Sheena Blackhall wrote about the National Museum of Scotland. Read at These are just some of your Museum objects she mentions in the poem! #Poetry #Writing #Scotland #Makar #museums #InstaMuseums


"Meteorites can and do strike any part of the Earth at any time. It is estimated that between 18,000 and 80,000 objects land on the Earth’s surface every year. Yet, only four meteorites have ever been recovered in Scotland." Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy. Find out more about the Strathmore Meteorite, which fell in Scotland on 3 December 1917. See the four fragments of the Strathmore Meteorite together for the first time since their fall in 1917 in our #DowntoEarth display is showing at the National Museum of Scotland until 1 April 2018. #Meteorite #Scotland #museums #Edinburgh #Science


#ArchitectureTrail With a glass roof over 80 metres long and 24 metres high, soaring columns and sweeping balustrades, the National Museum of Scotland was at the forefront of engineering and design when it opened in 1866. The slender cast iron pillars were the narrowest possible that could support the structure. An innovative ventilation system in the roof incorporated gas lighting, which meant the Museum could open to the public after dark..
Look out for our #ArchitectureTrail panels and explore our striking building further on your next visit to the National Museum of Scotland. #Architecture #Edinburgh #Scotland #Architecture_hunter #architecture_lovers #architecturedrawing #architecturesketch #Illustrations #Sketch


These beautiful snowdrops are just one of the many #SignsofSpring you can see at the National Museum of #RuralLife at the moment.
If you spot any spring flowers, birds or other signs of spring while out and about this weekend, don’t forget to take a photo and enter our #WildScotlandChallenge! The prize this fortnight is a pair of tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and some wild gifts from our Museum shop.
The #WildScotlandChallenge is inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which runs at the National Museum of Scotland until Sunday 29 April 2018.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.
#WPY53 #WildScotlandChallenge #PhotoChallenge #PhotoCompetition


Delighted that publication of Association of Leading Visitor Attractions figures confirm the National Museum of Scotland as most popular visitor attraction outside of London with 2.16 million visits. Great to see that visits to Scottish attractions overall up by nearly 14%. Great news for Scottish tourism. #Scotland #Scotspirit #Museums #Instamuseums


Good morning! It's #WorldSleepDay so we hope you all slept well like Hotei, this cheerful sleeping figure from #Japan seems to be doing. #sleep #morning #museums #goodmorning #sleeping


Tonight’s episode of Civilisations on BBC2 explores religious art, looking at icons from the past right up to the present day.
This beautifully crafted 14th-century sculpture of the Madonna and Child was made by an anonymous artist known as the Master of the Gualino St Catherine. Discover more about her and how our conservation team brought her back to life at
#Civilisations #CivilisationsFestival #icon #Madonna #ItalianArt


Capturing 20,000 objects in 2 shoots: the making of a Google Museum View! We’re delighted that our Museum has recently joined a list of global attractions available for exploration through @googleartsculture Museum View experience.
Adam Coulson, Digital Product Manager, discusses in our latest blog - how we made it possible for you to move through our permanent galleries at the click of a button! Read more at #Read #Blog #Museum #Instamuseum #MuseSocial #Streetview #Googlearts #Museum #InstaMuseum #Scotland #Edinburgh #Photography