New galleries open at National Museum of Scotland

Ten new galleries open today at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, following a £14.1 million redevelopment. The galleries are dedicated to science and technology, decorative art, design, and fashion. 

A smiling blonde woman looks up at Dolly the sheep in one of the new science and technology galleries.

The opening includes six science and technology galleries – the UK's most comprehensive outside London. The state-of-the-art galleries feature objects covering more than 250 years of enquiry and innovation. 

The new science and technology galleries were partially funded by Wellcome. The subjects covered include:

•    the science of genetics with Dolly the sheep
•    developing new pharmaceuticals
•    advances in prosthetics and body implants. 

The displays will be supported by a programme of activities and events to help visitors engage with the collections and scientific issues.

Simon Chaplin, Wellcome's Director of Culture and Society, said: "Scotland has been and remains a global leader in medicine and bioscience, and Wellcome is proud to support the new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland which reflect this history of world-class research and innovation."

This project is supported by Wellcome, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government, as well as other major trusts, foundations and nearly 800 generous individual donors.