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Magic Carpet Free Pilot Sessions

26 Jul - 5 Aug 2022
Various times and dates below

Museum galleries

Free, booking required

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Family taking part in a Magic Carpet session.

Family taking part in a Magic Carpet session.

Can you help us develop our new Magic Carpet sessions? Join us for a free session in July or August and give us your feedback to help shape our new offer. 

We are redeveloping our Magic Carpet sessions for children aged 0-18 months and their adults. In July and August, we are asking families to take part in one of 16 free pilot sessions to help us test new content and provide feedback. Following the pilot sessions, Magic Carpet will launch as a paid programme in September. 

Magic Carpet introduces you and your little one to some of the wonderful galleries, objects and themes in the museum in a fun and gentle way. Taking place in different spaces around the museum, you will explore subjects such as the Natural World, Space, World Cultures and Scottish History through songs, stories, rhymes, actions and sensory play.  

Date Times
Tuesday 26 July 10:30 - 11:10, 14:00 - 14:40
Wed 27 July 11:00 - 11:40, 14:30 - 15:10
Thu 28 July 10:30 - 11:10, 14:00 - 14:40
Fri 29 July 11:00 - 11:40, 14:30 - 15:10
Tue 2 August 10:30 - 11:10, 14:00 - 14:40
Wed 3 August 11:00 - 11:40, 14:30 - 15:10
Thu 4 August 10:30 - 11:10, 14:00 - 14:40
Fri 5 August 11:00 - 11:40, 14:30 - 15:10

Families taking part in Magic Carpet sessions © Paul Dodds 

Places are limited to 10 children per session plus accompanying adult. Due to the interactive nature of Magic Carpet, there is a maximum ratio of 2 children to 1 adult.


On the day

When you arrive at the museum there will be signs to let you know  which gallery Magic Carpet will be in that day. Staff will also be happy to help show you the way. Please allow time for using the stairs or lifts to get to galleries not on the ground floor. 

Visiting with a pram or buggy

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 and changing spaces are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. There is no buggy park in the museum so please keep your pram or buggy with you at all times. 

More information on access and visiting safely can be found in Plan Your Visit and Visiting: Frequently Asked Questions. 

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