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What's on in February at National Museums of Scotland

This year marks a remarkable milestone for the National Museum of Scotland. Three new permanent galleries are open dedicated to ancient Egypt, East Asia and ceramics in the final part of a 15-year journey restoring one of the UK’s finest Victorian buildings, revealing remarkable treasures and creating inspiring learning experiences.

Half term events:
Sat 9–Sun 17 Feb, National Museum of Scotland
We're marking the launch of our new ancient Egypt and East Asia galleries with a packed half term programme of exciting activities. Enjoy music, dance, costume and craft from Japan and Korea, an ancient Egyptian family show and very special performances to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Spotlight On: Exploring East Asia
Thu 21 Feb, National Museum of Scotland
Join curators Rosina Buckland, Qin Cao and Louise Boyd as they describe the research that went into the creation of our new East Asia gallery, which explores the diverse traditions, people and history of the region’s fascinating and dynamic cultures.

Robots now open:
The robots have arrived at the National Museum of Scotland. Featuring more than 100 objects – from early automata to science fiction film stars and the creations of modern research labs – this exhibition is your chance to see the most significant collection of humanoid robots ever assembled.

Half term at our sites:

National Museum of Flight
Sat 9–Mon 11 & Fri 15–Sun 17 Feb
Discover the pioneers of flight this half term. Take part in object handling and get to grips with the history of flight, find out more about artist and engineer Leonardo Da Vinci and craft your own bird of prey card that can fly.

National Museum of Rural Life
Sat 9–Sun 10 Feb
What will we be growing, cooking and eating in the year 2050? Help us design the farms of the future, discover some unusual future foods, and help make toys for the Tamworth pigs on the museum farm. All activities are included in your Annual Pass.

Willow Harvest:
Sun 3 Feb, National Museum of Rural Life
Explore the farm as the seasons change with our annual Willow Harvest and help us bring in this year’s crop with our expert team. Then learn all about the craft of making willow baskets.

New temporary display:
The Art of African Metalwork
Fri 22 Feb–Sun 25 Aug, National Museum of Scotland
In this new display, discover how brass and copper once featured as mediums of exchange, status and power in Africa through highlights of the museum’s 19th and early 20th century collections from west and central Africa.

The Sunday Sketch:
Sun 24 Feb, National Museum of Scotland
From beautiful sculptures to the smallest jewels and everything in-between, join us to learn how to sketch using our incredible collections. Our artist will guide you through a range of drawing activities in different galleries. All abilities welcome and all materials included.

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