National Museum of Scotland completes 15-year £80m regeneration

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has completed the final phase of an £80 millon transformation.

The 15-year redevelopment project was completed with the opening of three new galleries displaying more than 1,300 objects exploring the cultural heritage of ancient Egypt and East Asia and the diversity of ceramics.

The museum have said 40% of the objects are going on display for the first time “in generations”.

Funding from the National Lottery, as well as from The Wolfson Foundation, the Sir James Miller Edinburgh Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Negaunee Foundation and a community of trusts and individual donors helped to deliver the £3.6 million final phase.

Exhibits include items such as a Chinese lacquerware rice measure from the Ming Dynasty, samurai armour, a rare Korean lotus-shaped cup and stand from the 13th Century, and an ancient Greek vase decorated with wrestlers, dating from around 475 to 450 BC.

Bruce Minto, chair of National Museums Scotland, which owns the National Museum of Scotland, said: "This is a truly historic moment in the life of a great museum. The transformation of this iconic Victorian building on time and on budget is an achievement of which the nation can be rightly proud.

"Our outstanding collections help us to tell a vast range of diverse and fascinating stories from across the globe, highlighting the many Scots involved in invention, innovation and discovery.  These stories have engaged with our many supporters, who have given generously to help us achieve our ambitions, and to whom I am extremely grateful."

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