Join one of our guided tours and discover some of the highlights of the National Museum of Scotland.

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 below on booked tours.

Discover the National Museum

Times: 11:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Take an introductory tour around the National Museum of Scotland and discover the stories about selected objects.

Scotland highlight tours

Times: 13:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join one of our daily guided tours and discover some of the highlights in the Scotland galleries.

Themed tours

Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Find out more about themed tours in December.

Tours for visually impaired visitors

To arrange a tour for visitors with visual impairments please email or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.

Signed tours (BSL)

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of booking a BSL interpreter for any tours or other events, please email, giving at least three weeks' notice.

Hearing Helpers

All of our tours offer the use of the Hearing Helper Tour Guide system. This can be asked for on the day but if you have any queries, please email or call 0131 247 4041.

Booked tours

In addition to the regular programme of guided tours, you may book tours for individuals and groups by contacting or calling 0131 247 4041 for details. You can see a full list of the tours available here [PDF 112KB].

Tours are subject to guide availability and a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is requested. One guide will be allocated to every 15 visitors. The cost of a booked tour is £5.00 per person with a minimum charge of £50.00 per guided tour.

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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.

Museum Socials

National Museums Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.
Event information


1 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00


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

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