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Relaxed Magic Carpet

23 Sep - 18 Nov 2024
Two time slots: 10:30 - 11:15 14:00 - 14:45

Event Space, Level 2

£3 per child ticket

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A group of toddlers and adults sit on a carpet in the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery.

A Magic Carpet session at the museum.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

A Magic Carpet session at the museum.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

Join us for a relaxed Magic Carpet session as we explore the museum through interactive songs, rhymes and sensory play.

A monthly, relaxed version of our Magic Carpet event, for babies, toddlers and children aged 0-6 with additional support needs or for anyone who would prefer a calmer session and a slightly more relaxed pace.

The Magic Carpet introduces you and your little one to some of the wonderful objects and themes in the museum in a fun and gentle way through songs, stories, rhymes, actions and sensory play.

Sessions last 45 minutes which includes settle and chat time and free play. These sessions will have a reduced capacity and will take place within an enclosed space. Families are welcome to come and go during the session if needed.

The session is aimed at ages 0-6 but this is not a set age range for participants and we welcome all families who feel they may enjoy these sessions.

If you have any questions or would like more information before you book, please contact us at or 0131 247 4313.

Please note that children with additional support needs or neurodivergent children who would still feel comfortable attending our standard Magic Carpet sessions are welcome to do so. The relaxed sessions are for children and parents/carers who might prefer a more supported session with reduced numbers in an enclosed space rather than on gallery.


23 Sep 2024
21 Oct 2024
18 Nov 2024


Two time slots: 10:30–11:15 and 14:00–14:45


£3 per child ticket

On the day

  • If you are visiting with a pram or buggy we advise you to use 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. 
  • A buggy park is available in the Kingdom of the Scots gallery on Level 1.
  • Otherwise, please keep your buggy with you at all times.

How to get to the Events Space

Your Magic Carpet leaders will meet you at the Tower Entrance and lead you to the Events Space.

If you would prefer to make your own way to the Events Space you need to use the Learning Centre stairs or lift at the back of the museum past the Millennium Clock.

Our friendly Visitor Experience staff will be happy to help and show you the way.  


On the Magic Carpet

  • We want to keep the Magic Carpet a comfortable and safe space for all so please remove your shoes before you sit down.
  • The session will last approximately 45 mins. If at any point you need to stand up, walk around, take some time out to settle your little one please do so.
  • Adults are usually seated with their child on the Magic Carpet so they can play together but if you require additional seating for health or comfort reasons please let us know.
  • Adults are responsible for their child at all times.

Feeding and changing

  • Please feel free to give your little one milk or water during the session.
  • We kindly ask that no other snacks are consumed on the Magic Carpet.
  • Tables will be available in the Event Space for any other snacks.
  • At the start of each session we will let you know where the nearest baby changing facility is and also public seating with backs should this be easier for feeding.
Five visitors look at shelves of agates in our Natural World galleries.

Plan your visit

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.

Plan your visit


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 Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • 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

Places are limited to 6 children per session plus accompanying adult. Due to the interactive nature of Relaxed Magic Carpet there is a maximum ratio of 2 children to 1 adult.

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