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Audubon’s Birds of America

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Learn about the making of Birds of America, one of the world’s rarest and most coveted books, in this once-in-a-generation exhibition.

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The museum is open 10.00–17.00 daily. Last entry to the exhibition is 4.30pm


  • National Museums Scotland Members free
  • Adult £10.00
  • Over 60s £8.50
  • Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot £7.50
  • Under 16s free
  • National Art Pass / Edinburgh Pass holders £5.00

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Aububon's Birds of America

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Learn about the making of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, one of the rarest books in the world, in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. 46 original, unbound prints from National Museums Scotland's Library collection will be on display alongside a rare, bound copy of the book and taxidermy specimens showing the accurate life-size rendering of Audubon’s paintings.

Find out about Edinburgh's integral role in the development of the book and consider both Audubon’s complex and problematic story, as well as the conservation lessons we can learn from his unprecedented publication.

Exhibition supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

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We have four national museums: the National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum, in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight, in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.

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