Maths at National Museums Scotland

Have fun with maths across the National Museums Scotland sites with trails, videos and activities for home or the classroom.

Activities Preview NMS Maths Trail

National Museums Scotland has collections spanning art, science and history. Discover maths in the collections, the buildings and even the work of the staff!

Maths Trail at National Museums of Scotland

Explore the National Museum of Scotland through maths themed activities and challenges. Download and print the trail to do on the day, whilst our teachers notes have some helpful hints and classroom activities to complement.

Castle Quest at Edinburgh Castle

Head up to Edinburgh Castle and explore the history through a maths lens. Why do we measure horses in hands? Why are battlements round? Download and print the trail to do on the day, whilst our teachers notes have some helpful hints and classroom activities to complement.

#ShowYourWorking at National Museums Scotland

Staff across National Museums Scotland are sharing how important maths is in their work as part of Maths Week Scotlands #ShowYourWorking campaign. Why not have a go at some of the activities!

Let us know how you get on @NMSEngage and @MathsWeekScot on Twitter.

Dan shares with us how he uses calculations to figure out the cost of objects
It's not just curators using maths! Our learning staff also rely on maths to keep our sessions running, here Helyn shares how.

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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.

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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.

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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