Skip Navigation or Skip to Content
Event National Museum of Scotland

Art at the Start in the Museum

18 Jan 2023
13:00 - 16:00

Imagine Gallery

Free, drop-in

Art at the Start in the museum – join us for creative play for under 5s.

The Art at the Start team, based at the University of Dundee, explore the benefits for very young children of making art together with their important grown-ups. At the National Museum of Scotland we have been working with them this year to support art sessions, and so we are celebrating with a museum takeover for our youngest visitors.

We will be running drop-in creative and sensory play activities within the Imagine Gallery, all aimed at babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their grown-ups. You can join us at any time throughout the session for baby-safe activities using light boxes, collage, and colourful and tactile materials.

Let your wee people get creative with us!

A blue floor covered in dry rice grains dyed in orange, red and pink. The hands and feet of two small children are seen at the edge of the frame.

Activity information

These activities have been designed for an early years (aged 5 and under) audience.

Please be aware the museum does not have a designated buggy park. There will be limited space for buggies at the side of the gallery.

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrance on Chambers Street.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Map and directions

Visiting safely

Safety measures are in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.


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

  • 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. 
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

Find out more about our access information. If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at

Events Privacy Statement

For information on how we manage your personal data please see our full privacy notice.  

This event has been developed in partnership with Art at the Start.

Art at the Start logo


Back to top