Session 5 Events and Exhibitions


World Press Photo 2019 Exhibition  



The exhibition of the world’s most prestigious competition for visual journalism returns to the Scottish Parliament from 31 July to 24 August 2019 FREE. 


Please note, the exhibition includes images that some people, particularly children, may find distressing. 








Hundreds joined us as we celebrated 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament! On 29th June 2019, we opened our doors to the public for a FREE afternoon of celebration and commemoration. Visitors joined the Parliament in marking its 20th birthday at this unique event. Looking back at two decades of achievements, there was live music from across the eras, from a wide range of performers; retro games, face painting and lots more. Looking forward to the next 20 years we also had a future-focused area showcasing technology of the future and environmental priorities for protecting Scotland’s natural environment. The event was free and un-ticketed.



A Human Touch

Wednesday 20 March–Wednesday 8 May

 This stunning large-scale open-air photography exhibition will feature in the landscaped garden area of Holyrood, and will take you on a fascinating journey exploring the effect of human activity on our planet; how modern practices are changing our landscapes and impacting on the environment, and looking at some of the steps taken to cope with a rapidly changing world and dwindling resources. Learn about the urgency of rapid environmental degradation and ways to make a difference.

 In association with Edinburgh Science.




Family Days





 Visitors were able to join us on an unrivalled adventure in science, journey through space and discover the marvels of modern science through hands-on activities.  There were tours of the Universe and explorationsof the wonders of the night sky in an inflatable planetarium as well as interactive exhibits – from controlling lightning to seeing through a hole in your hand! There was a chance to meet an astronomer, hold a meteorite, learn more about how Earth and space interact and lots more.




Higher Vision

20 November 2018 – 08 February 2019

Photo: ©Vijay Chand


Their Name Liveth – Armistice Centenary Event

11 November 2018

Photo: ©National Records of Scotland


Festival of Politics 2018

10-13 October 2018


World Press Photo exhibition 2018

1-25 August 2018

Photo: © Thomas P. Peschak, for National Geographic


Festival of Politics 2017

19-21 October 2017


World Press Photo 2017

Friday 4 August - Saturday 26 August 2017 (closed Sundays) Free entry

Big Day Out logo

Big Day Out

The official opening of the Scottish Parliament took place on Saturday 2 July 2016.


Harry Benson: Seeing America

Friday 12 August – Saturday 3 December 2016 (closed Sundays) Free entry

Photo: President John F. Kennedy, 1961 © Harry Benson

A detail from one of the Prestonpans Tapestry panels.

The Prestonpans Tapestry

Wednesday 21 June - Thursday 20 July 2017 (closed Sundays) Free entry

Wednesday 29 June - Saturday 23 July 2016 - FREE entry

World Press Photo 2016

Wednesday 29 June – Saturday 23 July 2016 - FREE entry

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