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On this day 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang ascended to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, founding the Ming Dynasty that would rule over China for almost three centuries. One of his first acts was to restart work on the Great Wall of China.

This Ming dynasty sculpture of a warrior on horseback probably represents Guandi (the God of War or God of Wealth), used to protect buildings from harm.
You can see it in our new Exploring East Asia gallery, which opens at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 8 February, alongside our Ancient Egypt Rediscovered and Art of Ceramics galleries.

You can find out more about all our new galleries at http://www.nms.ac.uk/seethewholestory

#SeeTheWholeStory #EastAsia #China


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Feeling the chill? ❄️ Follow @whataboutmark's lead and pop into the National Museum of Scotland in #Edinburgh. If you come through these doors, you'll emerge in the vaulted entrance hall, which was originally a basement storage area. It was converted to a new street-level entrance as part of a major redevelopment of the #Museum (completed in July 2011). Admission is free, donations welcome
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#museum #Scotland #photography #instamuseum #familyfriendly


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What did our curator think of the new #MaryQueenOfScots film?
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As soon as it was released in the UK, we sent our expert straight to the cinema. In this interview, David Forsyth, one of our Principal Curators, separates fact from fiction and gives us his honest review (spoiler alert):
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Q: What were your first impressions?
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A: “I felt aspects of it – the real history – was possibly more exciting. I was disappointed because some of the factual episodes of Mary’s life were more interesting.
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They have her arriving in #Scotland in a deserted Hebridean beach, but in fact, when she arrived, she arrives in #Leith – the city’s asleep and the captain of her ship fires a cannon to wake everybody up and everybody sort of appears bleary eyed to come down to the harbourside to see what happened or what was happening and to see the Queen of Scots arriving in their land.
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And when I left the film, it was interesting – there were three people debating about her family tree – so that was quite interesting. They were obviously on Google or some website looking at some aspects of #Stuart and #Tudor history. I think that’s one thing the film will do – it will engender an interest in Mary, Queen of Scots in that tumultuous period of #Scottish and English #history.”
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Read the full interview on our blog (link in bio)
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Photography by Phil Wilkinson


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You probably thought this was a photo of a real jaguar - but you'd be wrong!🐆 This beautiful animal was built with CGI - and one of the reasons it's so lifelike is because of the meticulous research carried out by its creators.
Check out our blog to discover what happened when the Moving Picture Company's Fabian Frank visited our Collection Centre and met with Principal Curator Andrew Kitchener as part of his research - and to see his amazing creation in action!

https://blog.nms.ac.uk/

Photo © Moving Picture Company.

@hellompc #jaguar #CGI


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This beautiful piece of metalwork is the terminal of a silver penannular thistle brooch from Skaill in Orkney, and dates from around AD 950.

It's just one of the Viking-age silver objects that renowned silversmith Simone ten Hompel has been looking at with Glenmorangie Research Fellow Adrián Maldonado, as inspiration for a new piece for display at the National Museum of Scotland.
You can find out more about the Glenmorangie Commission in Adrián's latest blog post at https://blog.nms.ac.uk/
#GlenmorangieCommission #SimonetenHompel #silver #silversmith #Vikings


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#MaryQueenOfScots is one of the most famous yet enigmatic figures in Scottish history. Her story is so dramatic that it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction – but we’re here to help (#SpoilerAlert):
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Did John Knox and Mary face off against each other? Yes. She summoned the Protestant Reformation leader five times to answer allegations he made against her. She accused him of provoking armed revolt and he compared her to the tyrant Nero.
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Did her second husband, Henry Lord Darnley, die after an explosion? Yes. On 10 February 1567, an explosion blew up Old Provost's Lodging at Kirk o'Field in #Edinburgh, where Darnley was recuperating from illness. He was found dead in the garden, apparently murdered.
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Was Mary forced into her third marriage? We don’t know. After Bothwell was tried and acquitted of Darnley's murder, he abducted Mary and they and were married two weeks later. It is not known whether she was a willing participant in the plot or not.
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Was David Rizzio stabbed in front of her? Yes. In 1566, Rizzio was stabbed 56 times in front of her in the Palace of Holyrood. Rumours had been circulating around the pregnant queen and her Italian secretary. According to the @royalcollectiontrust, the blood stain of this murder can still be seen today.
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Did her half-brother rebel against her? Yes. He opposed her marriage to Darnley and joined other lords in open rebellion. James was declared an outlaw and took refuge in England. He returned to #Scotland after Rizzio’s murder and was pardoned by Mary.
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Did Mary ever meet Elizabeth I of England? No. Arrangements were made for a meeting in 1562, although they were abandoned when England became embroiled in the French Wars of Religion. 25 years later, Elizabeth signed her death warrant.
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Did a lot of her clothing and jewellery survive? No. Although she loved fine clothing and amassed a sumptuous wardrobe of elegant and fashionable gowns and a spectacular collection of jewellery, many items associated with Mary were destroyed after her execution to obstruct relic-hunters.
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More than 400 years after her death, Mary’s legacy still provokes passionate and heated debate. Find out more: http://nms.ac.uk/mary


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The robots are here and they're waiting to meet you!

Step inside our new Robots exhibition, which opens at the National Museum of Scotland today, and you'll travel back in time to come face to face with the earliest mechanised human forms, then speed into the future as you encounter the cutting-edge technology of today and tomorrow.

Meet Victorian automatons and science fiction film stars, familiar toys and creations hot from the research lab and decide for yourself what you think a future with robots could or should look like. Would you like to see a robot actor like RoboThespian here perform?

Robots is open until 5 May 2019. Find out more and book your tickets at http://www.nms.ac.uk/robots

Developed by @ScienceMuseum.
Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
#RobotsExhibition🤖 #Robots #RobotsofInstagram


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Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army achieved their last significant victory #OnThisDay in 1746. The Battle of Falkirk Muir resulted in the death of over 400 government troops. .
After a failed attempt to capture @visitstirlingcastle, the #Jacobites withdrew to the Highlands and besieged Fort William. Following this, they retreated to Inverness where they captured the #castle, then called Fort George.
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But government forces, commanded by the Duke of Cumberland, were marching north. Time was running out for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
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This elegant tartan frock coat was in the possession of a Jacobite-supporting family for many years. The family had direct links with the prince and family provenance says it was understood to have worn by him during his time in #Scotland.
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Explore this story: http://nms.ac.uk/jacobitechallenge


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🎵Fanfare! 🎵
Are you ready for the robots? They're ready for you! 🎺

Robots tells the story of 500 years of mechanical humans, tracing our obsession with re-creating ourselves as machines.
Where do robots originate from? What does a future with robots look like?
Discover for yourself as our new #RobotsExhibition🤖, developed by @ScienceMuseum, opens tomorrow at the National Museum of Scotland.
The image shows Harry the trumpet player, just one of the robots you can meet. Nothing if not stylish, he's sporting a green feather in his helmet!

Find out more & book your tickets at http://www.nms.ac.uk/robots

#Robots #RobotsofInstagram #Edinburgh


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Who'd win in a fight, a tiger or a dragon? 🐯🐲
The odds look fairly even in this Japanese porcelain figurine, in which the two combatants are snarling ferociously at each other. Perched on a rock, the tiger has the advantage of height, but the dragon is bigger and looks pretty fierce!
You'll be able to see this sculpture in our new Exploring East Asia gallery, which opens at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 8 February, alongside our Ancient Egypt Rediscovered and Art of Ceramics galleries.

You can find out more about all our new galleries at http://www.nms.ac.uk/seethewholestory

#AppreciateADragonDay #dragon #tiger #EastAsia #SeeTheWholeStory


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Happy #MuseumSelfie Day! Remember that you can share selfies from previous visits. We'd love to see your shots from the National Museum of Scotland, National War Museum, National Museum of Flight and National Museum of Rural Life 📷


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Afraid of heights? @jamiewhitefield_ headed up to Level 5 in the National Museum of #Scotland in #Edinburgh for this shot. With a glass roof over 80 metres long and 24 metres high, soaring columns and sweeping balustrades, the #Museum was at the forefront of engineering and design when it opened in 1866.


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