We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.

Coronavirus Update

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions our usual additional support programming, tours and resources are temporarily unavailable. However we are working on alternative methods of support, so please check this page for updates.

For info about our safety measures please see our reopening FAQs.

Museum Socials

Museum Socials are free sessions for anyone living with dementia, their relatives, friends and supporters.

Our Socials have been running since October 2015 and are a partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

You can read more about Museum Socials in this blog post.

Museum Socials on film

Watch a film made in 2016 by Edinburgh Napier University student Laura Briggs about the Museum Socials.

Our Socials programme was a finalist in Scotland's Dementia Awards 2017, together with the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, for Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.

We were nominated by Julie Baikie whose mum, Rae, has been coming to the Socials every week for the last year. 

Julie wrote:

“It’s the highlight of her week…. the variety of Friday activities are right up her street. It’s a fabulous program doing really important work and definitely contributing greatly to my Mum’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Scotland's Dementia Awards Finalist

Resources for autistic children and young people

National Museums Scotland is committed to encouraging autistic children and young people to visit and enjoy our museums. You can find out more about activities, events and support for autistic children and young people and their families here.

Audio described tours for blind and visually impaired visitors

Free, audio described guided tours are also available by request and subject to availability. This is an audio description of our Discover the National Museum Tour and it is delivered by our Learning staff or Volunteer Guides. To find out more and book, please call  0131 247 4041 or email tours@nms.ac.uk.

Check our Exhibitions and Events calendar for audio described tours of special exhibitions.

BSL Interpreted Tours

Free British Sign Language interpreted tours are available by request. To arrange please email tours@nms.ac.uk or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.

Check our Exhibitions and Events calendar for ticketed BSL tours and events.

Hearing Helpers

All of our tours offer the use of the Hearing Helper Tour Guide system. These help visitors with hearing difficulties overcome background noise and distance from the guide. They can be used with hearing aids. This can be asked for on the day but if you have any queries, please email tours@nms.ac.uk or call 0131 247 4041.

Access

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. You can find more access information here.

Header image: Museum socials © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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