Event National Museum of Scotland

Museum Socials

24 Jan - 20 Mar 2020
Museum Socials happen once a month on Fridays

Free, refreshments provided

Our Museum Socials series of events are created for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

Booking information

Individuals attending socials with their family member or carer do not need to book in advance.

Groups from care homes are very welcome to attend our museum socials but please contact us in advance to book and confirm the details of your group visit.

For group bookings and any other queries please contact Laura Bennison, Community Engagement Officer on 0131 247 4199 or l.bennison@nms.ac.uk

Our Socials create a friendly environment where everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued. They are suitable for first-time visitors and for those who might not regularly come to the museum, as well as people who have always loved visiting.

Our sessions are relaxed and informal, start with tea and cake, and feature a range of activities inspired by our collections. Each month has a different theme, so take a look at the dates and topics below. 



Meeting point

24 January

Scottish Life Archive

The Scottish Life Archive is a wonderful record of Scotland's material culture and social history made up of all sorts from photos, to postcards, letters to leaflets and diaries to daily newspapers.

Dorothy Kidd, Senior Curator wants to share her particular treasures with you!

Meet at the Entrance Hall (street level)

21 February

Parasites: Battle for Survival

Discover our exhibition about the fight to eliminate tropical diseases and the role of research taking place in Scotland to do this.

Meet at the Tower Entrance (street level)

20 March 

Tyrannosaurs - Meet the family

Inspired by the Tyrannosaurs exhibition explore ‘the most feared and revered’ of all dinosaurs from museum palaeontologists.

Meet at the Entrance Hall (street level)

Museum Socials are inspired by Meet Me at MoMA. We are programming these with the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.  

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


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.

Explore more

The Luxury of Time: Clocks from 1550-1750

A special display of rare and significant historical timepieces telling the story of a golden age of innovation in British watch and clockmaking.

Parasites: Battle for Survival

Join the battle against five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in this interactive exhibition and discover how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.


Meet the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs in this cutting-edge exhibition, bringing the latest discoveries in palaeontology to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.
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