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Relaxed Access Evening: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

12 Mar 2024

Special Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3 - Enter via Lothian Street

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An Arctic fox in its ragged summer coat, backlit by the low, midnight Sun. Despite missing half a hind leg, it appeared to be doing well.

'The Survivor' - an Arctic fox.

© Mark Williams

'The Survivor' - an Arctic fox.

© Mark Williams

Enjoy a calmer visit to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

During this opening, visitor numbers will be limited and, wherever possible, sounds lowered to provide a more relaxed experience. A quiet break-out space will also be available, and a visual welcome guide will be provided in advance to help you prepare for your visit.

This session is primarily for, but not limited to, neurodivergent young people and adults, adults living with dementia, adults with learning difficulties or mental health challenges, or any visitors with sensory needs or who may prefer a more relaxed experience, plus their families, friends and carers.

Recommended age 8+.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London.

This exhibition contains images that some visitors may find upsetting. Please contact for more information. 

On the day

  • A quiet space will be available from 17:30–19:00 – please just ask a member of staff.
  • Entry is via Lothian Street which has ramped access, not via the Main Entrance on Chambers Street. Find detailed map below.
  • If you are in the museum prior to the event you will be asked to leave and re-enter the building via Lothian Street.
  • A member of staff will be there to assist you on arrival.
  • Lift access is available to the exhibition gallery.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please ask a member of staff on arrival. 
  • Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Accessible toilets are available and there is a Changing Places (U) toilet – for access to this, please ask a member of staff. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome in the museum. Water can be provided.

Click here for a visual guide for this event

For more information, visit our Accessibility page, email or call 0131 247 4313.

Map to Lothian Street entrance. Entrance to this event is through Lothian Street, behind the building. OS grid reference: 55.946616, -3.188612.

Sensory map and visual exhibition guide

This sensory map supports visits to Wildlife Photographer of the Year, highlighting lighting, louder and quieter areas and seating in the exhibition space, and can be downloaded as a PDF.

The visual exhibition guide is designed to support visits to the exhibition, from arriving at the museum to the exhibition spaces, and can be downloaded as a PDF or as a Word Document.

Ticket details





Over 60s 


Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 


Under 16s 



**Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free. 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 

National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy.

See our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions.

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