Science Centres, Museums & Art Galleries

Science Centres, museums and art galleries across the country take part in Maths Week Scotland every year with special events, activities and exhibitions. Find out what is happening near you on our events page, or check out the places below which have taken part in Maths Week Scotland before and offer maths activities all year round.

Science Centres

Mathematics is one of the oldest sciences, so you will find lots of maths related activities at any of these science centres around Scotland:

Museums

Museum on the Mound (Edinburgh)

The Museum on the Mound is all about the history of money and banking, so you will find a lot of money related maths here, including a family trail and other hands-on activities such as cracking a safe. Admission is free.

National Museum of Flight (East Lothian)

Visit the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield and take part in our Museum of Flight Family Maths Trail. You can either print off a copy of the trail before your visit, or download it to your phone. Once you've answered all the questions, head to the Fantastic Flight hangar where you'll find more maths in all the interactive science activities.

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

The National Museum of Scotland cpvers a wide range of topics, so you will find maths connections in many of the displays there, in particular in the Science & Technology galleries. 'Earth in Space' also has a beautiful collection of navigational instruments used to measure the world, and there are lots of shapes and patterns to discover in the Art & Design galleries. There is also a downloadable 'World of Maths' trail, which was designed for schools but can be enjoyed by families too.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life (Coatbridge)

Come along to Summerlee Museum and take part in their free Family Maths Trail. Follow the map around the museum and solve the puzzles as you go. Pick up the trail for free in the exhibition hall, or ask at reception.

Art Galleries

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh)

There's lots of shapes, patterns, and more to discover at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art both indoors and outdoors, with free family trails to guide you round. They have also produced some Maths Week Scotland resources for schools, some of which are suitable for families too, in particular the Maths in Motion activity pack which includes reflections and follow-up activities for six different artworks.

The Pier Arts Centre (Stromness)

The Pier Arts Centre created a series of maths related activities that focus on their collection, for you to download and enjoy.

Activity 1: Ben Nicholson | Activity 2: Jim Lambie | Activity 3: Barbara Hepworth | Activity 4: Steven MacIver

Latest News and Events

News

Maths at Work Compilation Packs

We have pulled together all the 'Maths at Work' related activities from our past Activity Packs, to make it easier for you to access this content which can be reused year after year. The compilation packs align with the levels of the Scottish curriculum.

News

Facing the Future: Edinburgh Science Festival 2024

It's Spring in Edinburgh means, which means the return of the Edinburgh Science Festival (30 March - 14 April)! This years theme is Shaping the Future, and we've browsed through the programme to pick out some of our maths highlights for you.

29th Sep
Event

Science Sunday at the National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight | | Free with museum admission
Celebrate Maths Tales with our Science Sunday at the National Museum of Flight