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

 

Sat

1

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sun

2

The Picts

Mon

3

No Tour

Tue

4

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Wed

5

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Thu

6

Symbols of Power

Fri

7

The Architecture of the Museum

Sat

8

Amazing Animals

Sun

9

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Mon

10

18th Century Scotland

Tue

11

Ceramics

Wed

12

Grave Matters

Thu

13

Scottish Science and Technology

Fri

14

The Scots Abroad

Sat

15

The Technology of Fashion

Sun

16

Feisty Females

Mon

17

Death, Pain and Punishment

Tue

18

All Things Bright and Luxurious

Wed

19

Jewellery from Antiquity to the Present Day

Thu

20

Stone Stories

Fri

21

The Museum Buildings

Sat

22

Working Lives

Sun

23

Gods and Goddesses

Mon

24

The Industrial Revolution

Tue

25

The Stuarts

Wed

26

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Thu

27

The Vikings in Scotland

Fri

28

The Church in Scotland

Sat

29

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Sun

30

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Mon

31

The History of Telecommunications

Header image: Red Genie phone on display in Communicate, Level 3, 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 Jul - 31 Jul 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.