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

 

Thu

1

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Fri

2

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sat

3

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sun

4

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Mon

5

Grave Matters

Tue

6

French Connections

Wed

7

The Vikings in Scotland

Thu

8

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Fri

9

Scottish Inventors and Inventions

Sat

10

The Ordinary People of Scotland

Sun

11

Phoebe Traquair and her Contemporaries

Mon

12

Death, Pain and Punishment

Tue

13

The Technology of Fashion

Wed

14

Beginnings of Scotland - Land and People

Thu

15

The Romans come to Scotland

Fri

16

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Sat

17

Gods and Goddesses

Sun

18

The Museum Buildings

Mon

19

Feisty Females

Tue

20

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Wed

21

Treasures of European Palaces

Thu

22

Stuarts, Jacobites and Culloden

Fri

23

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Sat

24

Saints and Sinners

Sun

25

The Industrial Revolution

Mon

26

The Church in Scotland

Tue

27

The Art and Architecture of the Museum

Wed

28

Some Scottish Industries

Thu

29

Scots in North America

Fri

30

Weights, Measures and Counters

Header image: Pāua shell bowl by Phoebe Traquair

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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 Jun - 30 Jun 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.