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Summer at the Museum

3 Jul - 1 Aug 2023
See specific dates and times below

A range of free and ticketed activities

Get busy with our fun and varied family programme at the National Museum of Scotland this summer.

📦 Family Bonus Boxes!

We’re trying out some new sensory and play boxes to add to the family experience in some of our galleries. Explore as many as you can and let us know what you think! Visit the Grand Gallery on the day for more information on where to find them.

Monday 3 – Monday 31 July
10:00 – 16:30

Grand Gallery, Level 1 📦 Free, drop-in


🌊 Join-in Jellyfish

We need to make 120 jellyfish from waste plastic bottles. Can you help? Your jellyfish will become part of Bottled Ocean, an amazing art installation on show at the Museum from 12 August.

Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 July
14:00 – 16:00

Learning Centre, Level 4 🌊 Free, drop-in

Find out more about Join-in Jellyfish


👚 What, wear, when?

Join our Engagement team for some drop-in activities exploring clothing and sustainability.

Monday 10 – Friday 14 July
11:00 – 15:00

Grand Gallery, Level 1 👚 Free, drop-in


🧵 Just Sew You Know

Get sewing with the Edinburgh Remakery in this hands-on workshop.

Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 July
10:15 – 13:15

Learning Centre, Level 4 🧵 Ticketed 🧵 Age 8 – 13

Find out more and book tickets for Just Sew You Know


✂️ Repair to Wear

Bring along your damaged or broken clothing and textile items to be mended by the experienced sewers from the Edinburgh Remakery and get some sustainability tips.

Saturday 29 July

Seminar Room, Level 4 ✂️ Free, drop-in ✂️ All ages

Find out more about Repair to Wear


🔎 Curiosity Club

Exciting, hands-on sessions for curious kids aged 7 – 11.

Saturday 15 July – Tuesday 1 August
10:30 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 15:30

Learning Centre, Level 4 🔎 Ticketed 🔎 Age 7 – 11

Find out more and book tickets for Curiosity Club

Getting here

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

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 If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at  
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