Visit the free exhibitions in our George IV Bridge Building. Open daily, except on some public holidays. No need to book.


'Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams and ideas'

13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014

'Choosing your televison set' publication cover

This exhibition presents a selection of outstanding achievements by Scots and Scotland.

Some are well-known, some are forgotten, but all are worth remembering and celebrating.

For centuries Scotland has been a hot-bed of ideas, innovation, creativity, and dreams.

Where would the world be without the telephone or television or Dolly the sheep?

Why did readers round the globe take so much delight in the works of Robert Burns and Walter Scott? Why is it that traditional Scottish clothing, drink and food so widely known?

Have a wee taster of our A-Z of Scotland exhibition, and find out for yourself why Scotland is so recognisable.



'In another world: Creative responses to dying villages'

Cover of Tom Pow's 'Songs from a dying village'

4 April to 6 July

This display records some of the processes through which poet and writer Tom Pow responded to what he found as he travelled to dying villages in Europe.

He recorded his findings using his notebook, his camera and a sound recorder.

Read more about 'In another world'.



Treasures displays

Permanent display area with themes changed regularly.

  • From 4 April to 6 July, our treasures display space is used for 'In another world' (see above)

View a small sample of the many treasures in NLS collections. From hand-written documents to printed books, maps, musical scores, bindings and other art work.

All our treasures are important pieces of Scotland's cultural heritage. Some are unique. Some are beautiful. Some are huge. Some are tiny. Some are rarely seen in public because their age makes them fragile.

Throughout the year we will change the theme of the treasures display, bringing to light more of the millions of items we hold.


The John Murray Archive

Permanent exhibition.

Lady Caroline Lamb
Lady Caroline Lamb.

The writers and thinkers of John Murray's publishing firm shaped the modern world through their works of literature, science, exploration and politics.

This exhibition draws on material from the John Murray Archive. It uses state-of-the-art exhibition technology to bring to life the work and lives of a selection of the publisher's most influential figures.

Those featured in the present line-up include Lord Byron, Lady Caroline Lamb, Charles Darwin and David Livingstone.

Learn how they contributed to one of the greatest periods of human progress and creativity. See if you could publish your own international bestseller.


Opening times for exhibitions at NLS

Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00
See also opening hours for Easter public holidays


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