If you’re planning to visit the National Museum of Scotland as part of an overseas school group, please let us know you’re coming. There are three options for your visit:
To book a self-guided overseas school group visit to the museum please complete our booking request form.
Overseas school groups can book a guided tour with our partners Mercat Tours.
Alternatively, National Museums Scotland offers tours led by volunteer guides. These tours are limited to groups of 15 people and under. Three weeks’ notice is requested. You can find out more about our tours here.
To book tickets for one of our special exhibitions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We require the following information:
Self-guided visits to the National Museum of Scotland are free of charge. Donations are welcome (suggested donation £3.00 per person).
Tickets to paid exhibitions are specially discounted for groups of 10 or more and a further discount will apply if you chose to pre-book and pay in advance at the time of booking. Please note there are no group discounts for charged events.
Prices will be confirmed by email to all enquirers.
Payments options available are cash or debit/credit card. Please note we do not invoice groups unless a historical agreement is in place.
What you book is what you pay for, and group numbers cannot be decreased after booking, unless a historical agreement is in place.
National Museums Scotland reviews its approach to pricing on an annual basis.
A booking fee is applicable of £2.00 per booking transaction. Postage costs are £1.25.
National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy. You will only be provided with a refund if your booking has been cancelled by the museum or museum closure has taken place due to circumstances out with our control. However with respect to group bookings, and subject to availability, National Museums Scotland will allow tickets to be transferred to a different day.
Overseas school groups should enter the museum via the Tower Entrance. This is located at the east end of Chambers Street. This entrance is suitable for wheelchair access. Our Visitor Experience Team is located at the Ticket and Information Desk and will be pleased to help with any additional information or assistance you may require.
Eating and drinking is prohibited within all of our galleries. You can however enjoy a meal or snack at our Balcony Café or Brasserie.
Cloakroom facilities are available in our main entrance hall at a cost of £1.50 per item. Please note that we will only accept bags, cases or rucksacks if they weigh less than 15kg.
Your group may wish to visit the museum shops, which are located in the Entrance Hall, the Tower Entrance and outside Exhibition Gallery 1. The shops stock ‘pocket money’ items as well as more expensive items. To reduce crowding please bring your group into the shop in groups of no more than 10. We suggest you stagger group visits throughout your trip.
The National Museum of Scotland has a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors.
All maps and 'What’s on' guides are free of charge and can be picked up from our Ticket and Information Desk in the main Entrance Hall. You can also download maps and trails in various languages here and see what's on here.