There is so much to see and do your class can plan to spend your full day visiting the National Museum of Scotland:
To ensure your visit runs smoothly, all school visits to the National Museum of Scotland must be booked in advance. Please complete the booking request form here.
Pre-booked general school visits and downloadable resources are free of charge.
All other events, activities and workshops have a cost. Details of these can be found under individual activity pages.
Your school will be invoiced after your visit.
Our handling boxes contain artefacts and natural world specimens for students to touch and investigate. Handling boxes are available to use during a visit to the museum, but must be booked in advance.
To book, please complete the booking request form. Below is a list of the handling boxes we offer to use in the museum. Click on the links to download the teacher's notes for each box.
There is a coach drop-off point outside the Museum on Chambers Street.
We have a dedicated schools' cloakroom off the Entrance Hall in the museum. You will be allocated a number of tubs for you to leave jackets and packed lunches.
Items left in the cloakroom are at the owners' own risk as the area is not secure. We recommend pupils only bring jackets and lunches with them.
Please let us know when booking if you’d like to use this facility as availability is limited during busy periods.
We have a schools' lunchroom off the Entrance Hall in the museum. You will then be allocated a 30 minute time slot for using the lunch room.
The lunchroom contains tables and chairs. The space will be used by other schools at the same time as your group. Please keep your group together and tidy up after your lunch.
The Learning Centre and galleries are fully accessible via lifts and we have accessible toilets. There is a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
You can find full information for visitors with disabilities here.
Yes and we ask that pupils visiting in school groups are accompanied at all times during their visit. We have developed an agreement which sets out what we aim to offer during your visit, and in return what we ask from you.
We will send you full safety guidelines with your booking confirmation. Please check them before your visit. In addition, please read and follow any safety notices and instructions from Visitor Experience staff.
We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the general museum. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions, unless otherwise stated. If you wish to take a photo of a member of museum staff, please ask their permission before doing so.
In addition, we may also wish to take photographs of you! Please fill out your photography permission form if requested.
There is a Museum Shop in the Entrance Hall, Level 0 (please ensure there is a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children when in shop).
There are cafés in the Entrance Hall, Level 1 and on the Balcony of Level 3, overlooking the Grand Gallery. Packed lunches should be eaten in the schools cloakroom. Take-away tea/coffee/hot liquids are not permitted in the museum.
We understand that you may need to cancel or change your booking. Please contact us as soon as possible to let us know of any changes.
National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations. Bookings cancelled:
Last minute requests to change a visit date may also incur an administration fee as above. In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the cancellation fee.