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Lecture / talk

Merian's butterflies

Lunchtime lecture with live speech-to-text transcription

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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Gallery at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15-minute walk from the station.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

  • The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Thursday, 22 Jun 2017
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass. You can purchase an exhibition ticket online. If you are a 1-Year Pass holder, please call 0303 123 7306 to book a place.
  • Visitors who require an access companion are entitled to a complimentary ticket.


Maria Sibylla Merian's research into insect metamorphosis was ground-breaking at the turn of the eighteenth century. As an artist, she was able to portray her findings in beautiful compositions, which have been treasured since the day they were painted. Drawing on the rich group of works in the Royal Collection, exhibition curator Kate Heard will discuss Merian’s extraordinary life and remarkable art.

Live subtitles will be provided by Stage Text.

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