Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

Themed tours take place every day at 3pm and have a different theme every day. Themed tours are subject to guide availability and some titles may change. 

Our free public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). If you are visiting as part of a larger group please see our section on booked tours.

Day

Date

 

Tues

1

The Jacobite Risings

Wed

2

The Auld Alliance

Thur

3

Supernatural Scotland

Fri

4

All Things Bright and Luxurious

Sat

5

Scottish Inventors and Inventions

Sun

6

The Technology of Fashion

Mon

7

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Tue

8

Death, Pain and Punishment

Wed

9

Sculpture

Thu

10

The Vikings in Scotland

Fri

11

French Connections

Sat

12

The Industrial Revolution

Sun

13

Animals and People in the Arctic

Mon

14

The Museum Buildings

Tue

15

Weights, Measures and Counters

Wed

16

Stone Stories

Thu

17

Scots in North America

Fri

18

The Stuarts

Sat

19

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Sun

20

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Mon

21

The Church in Scotland

Tue

22

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Wed

23

The Beginnings of Scotland: Land and People

Thu

24

Jewells and Jewellers of Scotland

Fri

25

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Sat

26

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Sun

27

Gods and Goddesses

Mon

28

Scottish Gold

Tue

29

Victorian Scotland

Wed

30

Feisty Females

Thu

31

Birds in Nature, Mythology, and Art

Header image: Waka Taua, or Maori war canoe on display in National Museum of Scotland.

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Tour themes

Join us for our exciting programme of guided tours. Each of our themed tours are developed by our volunteer guides, featuring objects and stories across our collections.
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Meet our volunteer guides

Our guided tours are run by a number of enthusiastic and experienced volunteer guides. We introduce a selection of our guides below.
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Tours

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.
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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
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Event information

When

1 Aug - 31 Aug 2017
15:00-16:00

Where

Meet the guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0

How much

Free

Booking information

Our free public tours are available on a first come first served basis.  It is not possible to reserve places in advance.

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