Scotland offers an abundance of venues where visitors can go and enjoy exhibitions that celebrate the country’s arts, culture and craft. This is on offer in a number of different museums galleries and work-shops. The National Museum of Scotland is situated in Edinburgh and is in the top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world. It has just received a 47 million pounds face lift and it houses over 20,000 interesting artefacts.
The collection takes visitors through Scotland’s history with its collections of nature, art, design and fashion, and science and technology. The exhibitions are quite unique with the later part of 2017 seeing both a silver and a modernist jewelry exhibition. The Riverside Museum in Glasgow is home to the world’s finest cars and bicycles and in 2013 won the European Museum of the Year award. Located on the banks of the River Clyde it is free to enter and displays 3000 objects from Glasgow’s past.
There is a display of an old cobbled Glasgow street tha visitors can walk down with shops on either side from various eras. The museum also houses the only sailing ship, the Tall Ship, to have been built on the River Clyde. The National War Museum in Edinburgh has the splendid location of being sited within the Castle’s walls. The museum is dedicated to looking at the impact of Scotland’s wars on its history, identity and reputation abroad.
The wars that are covered range from Scotland’s own battles with armies from overseas, and of course the battles with the English. There is also features on the Scots contributions in both the First and Second World Wars, plus looking at when Scots armies have been paid by other nations to go and fight abroad. The Scottish National Gallery is found in Edinburgh and is free to enter. It contains art from the early Renaissance to the 19th century and covers work from Scotland’s most famous and successful artists including Ramsay, Raeburn and Taggart.
There are over 96,000 pieces of art on display and the most valuable paintings include pieces such as The Virgin Adoring The Sleeping Christ Child by Sandro Botticelli from 1485. There is also a major IT centre in the gallery which provides drawing lessons to children, adding to the spectacle of the art on view.
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum gives visitors the opportunity to investigate the cultural history of Stirling, Stirlingshire and the Trossacks. There are over 40,000 objects on display which represent the history of this part of central Scotland. Many individuals who hailed from this area are featured such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. There is also the stories of the major historical events in the region that have occured, such as how Scottish democracy was founded on the streets of Stirling.
A closer luck of specific crafts may involve a visit to the Borders Textiles Towerhouse in Hawick. This is at the centre of the regions textile heritage which has been so strong that the local textile workers have been used by some of the world’s leading designers such as Chanel, Dior and Vivienne Westwood. To take a closer look at traditional Scottish clothing a visit to the Tartan Weaving Mill on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a must. Here the different Clans tartans are on display and people are given the opportunity to create their own design.
Scotland’s Jute Museum in Dundee gives people the opportunity to see how the city was reliant in the 19th century on the weaving industry. The Jute was the loom where the cloths were created. The use of film recreates the sounds and atmosphere of the mills at work. Scotland has a great history in arts and crafts and is proud of its history in these areas. This has resulted in the country proudly exhibiting these event in numerous galleries museums and halls up and down the country.