Everything you need to know about visiting the museum.
You no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit to visit the National Museum of Scotland. Find out how to get to the Museum and make the most of your visit.
Plan your visit to the National Museum of Scotland with our map to view online or print at home.View the museum map
A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines such as enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.
From Monday 18 April, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings but we still strongly recommend that visitors wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:
|Please keep your distance from others.||We recommend wearing face coverings in our indoor spaces.|
|Use the hand sanitiser provided.||Card payments are the preferred method of payment.|
|Wash your hands often.|
Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
The National Museum of Scotland has opening hours of 10:00–17:00 each day.
The legal requirement to wear face coverings in our museums has lifted. However, we still strongly recommend that all visitors over the age of 12 wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.
Lifts are in operation.
The cloakroom is temporarily closed, so please do not bring any items to the museum that you are unable to carry with you.
A new visitor map shows which galleries and facilities are open, and new trails have been developed for use in the museum. These include a Family Puzzle trail, a Staff Top Picks trail, and an audio-led Reset trail to help you find moments of calm and mindfulness.
Exhibitions are currently being staged at the National Museum of Scotland.
Imagine, Explore and Adventure Planet galleries, are now open.
The Balcony Café (Level 3) and Brasserie (level 0) are open daily from 10:00–17:00 for home baking, snacks and freshly prepared soup, sandwiches, salads and children's lunch boxes. Card payment is the preferred method of payment. Last orders are at 16:30.
The Museum Brasserie on Level 0 is open daily from 10:00–17:00 (last orders 16:45) for tea and coffee, home baking, cold snacks, freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, homemade soup and children's boxes.
Please note the cloakroom is temporarily closed. The Group Space for eating your own food has now reopened and is available to use. Please clean the tables after use with the sanitising wipes provided. No eating or drinking is permitted within the Galleries. Our friendly visitor experience staff can answer any questions you have upon arrival.
Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Scotland.
Please note the cloakroom is temporarily closed.
We are happy for you to take photographs including flash photography in the museum. No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to use additional photography equipment (eg a tripod) should contact the information desk to obtain a photo pass.
All photographers wishing to take photographs for commercial use are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want all our visitors and staff to be safe in the National Museum of Scotland. We work closely with Police Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and other security managers to ensure we provide a safe and secure site for our staff and visitors. As part of our security measures, it may sometimes be necessary to introduce bag searches on entry to the museum.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience team. You can also help us keep the museum safe by reporting anything that looks out of place or suspicious to our Visitor Experience Assistants.
We want everyone who comes to the National Museum of Scotland to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. We've compiled all our accessibility information in one place.Find out more
Free wifi is available throughout the museum.
There are toilets on all levels of the museum.
Baby changing facilities are available on most floors.
Our exhibitions and galleries are accessible to all via lifts and ramps. There are accessible toilets on all floors.
Large print labels are available in our exhibitions for visually impaired visitors.
Induction loops are in place at the information desks and in the Auditorium.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the museum.
The Balcony Café (Level 3) is open, accepting card payments only.
Our information desk is situated in the Entrance Hall (Level 0).
Accessible toilets are available on all floors and there is a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall (Level 0).
Please note we are accepting card payments only.
Follow signs to the city centre. Off-street parking is available at nearby at NCP sites.
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