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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

National Museum of Scotland


21 May 19 September



The Lewis Chessmen are going on tour!

The Chessmen represent one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland . This new exhibition casts fresh light on their significance and explores their possible origins.

Discover where the chess pieces were found and weigh up the myths and theories surrounding them. What do the intricately-carved characters tell us about society at the time they were made?

The exhibition brings together chess pieces from the British Museum and National Museums Scotland . New research explores the enduring mystery and intrigue of these iconic artefacts.

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked continues to Aberdeen Art Gallery , Shetland Museum and Archives and Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway. Visit for more information. (Photo by Steve Lindridge)


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street Edinburgh

0131 225 7534



A partnership with The British Museum, supported by the Scottish Government



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