National Museum of Scotland Announce Major International Exhibitions

Ancient Egyptians and a Russian Empress come to Scotland in 2012 as the first attractions in the redeveloped National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition space.

The first major new shows scheduled will be Fascinating Mummies from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands and Catherine the Great, a new exhibition co-developed by the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and National Museums Scotland.

The transformed Museum will open on 29 July following a major £46.4 million redevelopment. A key element of the project is a purpose-built 650 square metre exhibition space. The programme of international blockbuster exhibitions planned are expected to attract audiences from across Scotland, the UK and overseas.

For many, this programme will be a once in lifetime opportunity to see these internationally significant exhibitions. The Museum will be the only UK venue for Fascinating Mummies and Catherine the Great is a one-off exhibition showing only in Edinburgh.

Fascinating Mummies will explore the complex rituals surrounding death and afterlife in Ancient Egypt. This unique exhibition will feature treasures from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, world famous for its Egyptology collections.

Catherine the Great will showcase the truly spectacular collections of one of Russia’s most successful rulers, and mark the 250th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. It also marks the longstanding connections between Scotland and Russia. The exhibition is sponsored by Baillie Gifford.

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