Monkey Business

We're celebrating our Monkey Business exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland with a board full of monkeys from our collection, from giant gorillas to tiny netsukes. Monkey Business is open from 9 December 2016 - 23 April 2017. Find out more at www.nms.ac.uk/monkeybusiness
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Say hello to Cutey, Chimper, Rangy and Big G, the stars of our new online game, Monkey Business Lunch. Can you feed them their favourite foods before they get too grumpy? Watch out for those pesky Venus Fly Traps, which will try to grab anything they can!  The game was inspired by ideas and drawings created by Trinity Primary School in #Edinburgh and you can play it on a desktop, mobile or tablet. Have a go here:  http://www.nms.ac.uk/monkeybusinesslunch

Say hello to Cutey, Chimper, Rangy and Big G, the stars of our new online game, Monkey Business Lunch. Can you feed them their favourite foods before they get too grumpy? Watch out for those pesky Venus Fly Traps, which will try to grab anything they can! The game was inspired by ideas and drawings created by Trinity Primary School in #Edinburgh and you can play it on a desktop, mobile or tablet. Have a go here: http://www.nms.ac.uk/monkeybusinesslunch

Netsuke of carved ivory, three monkeys seated round a go board with two wearing spectacles: Japan, by Tamatoshi.

Netsuke of carved ivory, three monkeys seated round a go board with two wearing spectacles: Japan, by Tamatoshi.

Primates eat different things, depending on where they live and what is available. Goeldi’s monkeys like this one eat fungus!

Primates eat different things, depending on where they live and what is available. Goeldi’s monkeys like this one eat fungus!

Okimono of carved ivory, Momotaro with his dog monkey and pheasant, unsigned: Japan.

Okimono of carved ivory, Momotaro with his dog monkey and pheasant, unsigned: Japan.

Netsuke of carved wood, a monkey crouching with hands on head, signed: Japan, by Nansui.

Netsuke of carved wood, a monkey crouching with hands on head, signed: Japan, by Nansui.

Amulet in dark green-brown faience in the form of an ape squatting: Ancient Egyptian, from Benha, Late Period.

Amulet in dark green-brown faience in the form of an ape squatting: Ancient Egyptian, from Benha, Late Period.

Okimono of ivory, an encounter between monkeys and an octopus, unsigned: Japan, 19th century.

Okimono of ivory, an encounter between monkeys and an octopus, unsigned: Japan, 19th century.

Sample of dyed and printed cotton cloth showing a handkerchief design depicting a monkey attacking a man. Part of the Turkey Red Collection totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, by John Orr Ewing and Co., pre 1866.

Sample of dyed and printed cotton cloth showing a handkerchief design depicting a monkey attacking a man. Part of the Turkey Red Collection totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, by John Orr Ewing and Co., pre 1866.

Paperweight of porcelain, in the form of a grey monkey on a chestnut branch: Japan, 19th century.

Paperweight of porcelain, in the form of a grey monkey on a chestnut branch: Japan, 19th century.

Canopic jar cover of white limestone, carved in the form of the ape's head of the god Hapi: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, Upper Egypt, New Kingdom, c. 1550-1069 BC.

Canopic jar cover of white limestone, carved in the form of the ape's head of the god Hapi: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, Upper Egypt, New Kingdom, c. 1550-1069 BC.

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