Find out how to make the most of your visit to National Museum of Scotland.

How to get here

By bike

Edinburgh is a cycle-friendly city. At peak times, cyclists can share the buses' green lanes and many junctions have advance cycle stop lines. Cycle racks are available on Chambers Street to park your bike.

By bus

A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge. Single and day tickets are available. Lothian Buses’ family DAYticket allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel together on day services. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information. 

Edinburgh Bus Tours open-top buses also stop at the museum. Visit for details.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk away.
Visit for further details and to plan your journey.

By car or coach

Follow signs to the city centre. Off-street parking is available at nearby at NCP sites.

Save on parking at NCP Castle Terrace

We’ve teamed up with car park operator NCP to offer National Museums Scotland Members and National Museum of Scotland special exhibition ticket holders discounted parking at NCP Castle Terrace. Receive up to 24 hours of parking for £10.50, a saving of up to 65% on standard rates.

To receive the discount, present your parking ticket along with your Membership card or exhibition ticket to National Museum of Scotland Staff at either the Special Exhibition Gallery 1 ticket desk (Level 3), or at the Entrance Hall ticket desk (Level 0). Your parking ticket will be validated, with the discount applied when you pay for your parking at NCP Castle Terrace.

PLEASE NOTE: this offer is not valid during the month of August.

Further information on parking can be found at

Park and Ride

Park and Ride options are available by tram and bus. Leave the tram or bus in the city centre on Princes Street and the Museum is a 10-15 minute walk away. Check the map above for directions.

Museum maps

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available at the National Museum of Scotland in the Entrance Hall and Brasserie, Grand Gallery and surrounding balconies, Hawthornden Court and the Research Library.



  • Our cloakroom facility is located in the Entrance Hall, on Level 0. There is a charge of £1.50 per item for this service.
  • We will only accept bags, cases or rucksacks if they weigh less than 10kg.
  • Due to limited space we can only accept buggies if they are folded.
  • Please note that you can only leave your bag in the cloakroom while you are on the premises.

Eating at the museum

Find out more about the Balcony Café, Museum Brasserie and Tower Restaurant here.

Shopping at the museum

There are three shops in National Museum of Scotland, stocking an extensive selection of gifts, souvenirs, toys and books. The largest shop can be found in the Entrance Hall, Level 0, with further shops next by the Tower Entrance and on Level 3 next to the Exhibitions Gallery. The museum shops are open to non-museum visitors. You can also shop online here. 

View of the Tower Entrance to the National Museum of Scotland 

Visiting with children

Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Scotland. We provide a number of galleries and activities especially for children and an exciting events calendar for all ages. Trained first aiders are always on duty and a policy is in place if children become separated from their party. Not sure where to start? Check out our top activities to try with kids.

Children are welcome in our new Balcony Café and Museum Brasserie and there are special treats for children. There are also areas where packed lunches can be eaten - the page on Eating in the museum has more information.

The National Museum of Scotland has baby changing facilities on most floors and our exhibitions and galleries are accessible to all via lifts and ramps. You can download a map of the museum to see the exact locations of our baby changing facilities and lifts.

We have range of initiatives to support and welcome families with autistic children.

Please note that due to limited space we can only accept buggies in the cloakroom if they are folded.

School visits

Our multi-disciplinary collection allows you to focus on a wide-range of topics linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. Teacher-led visits to National Museum of Scotland are free of charge, and workshops and other activities and resources are also available. Find out more about school visits here.

Group visits

If you’re planning to visit the National Museum of Scotland as part of a group, please let us know you’re coming! Whether you're a school group, a society or special interest group, we will be delighted to work with you to plan your visit.

Access for disabled visitors

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.

Accessible parking at the Museum

Four designated public parking spaces are available for disabled visitors in Chambers Street. There is no charge for these spaces. However, please note that they cannot be booked in advance.

Getting around the Museum

  • 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.
  • Lifts are available to all floors and there is a variety of seating throughout the museum. Accessible toilets are also available on most floors and there is a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. You can download a map of the museum to see the exact locations of our lifts and accessible toilets.
  • There is an induction loop at the Museum Information Desk and in the Auditorium and Dunfermline Room lecture theatre.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
  • Our full access guide can be found on AccessAble here. You can also find information on Euan's Guide

Tours for visually impaired and D/deaf visitors

To arrange a tour with audio description, handling opportunities or BSL interpretation, please email or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.

To find out more about our ticketed, audio described tours of special exhibitions, click here.

Resources for families with autistic children

We have range of initiatives to support and welcome families with autistic children.

Resources for visitors with additional support needs

You can find out more about what we do to assist visitors with additional support needs here.

BSL users

Deaf BSL (British Sign Language) users can make contact with us using the free ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service.

To find out more about our ticketed, BSL-interpreted events, click here.

Website accessibility has an ‘AA’ WAI rating with passes for many ‘AAA’ criteria. Information on how to change the accessibility settings on your computer or phone can be found here.

Photography policy

We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the galleries, but photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or unless otherwise stated. 

No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to use a tripod should contact the Information Desk to obtain a free photopass. All photographers wishing to take photographs for publication on other websites, for all printed matter or other commercial use, are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or

Become a Member

National Museums Scotland Members enjoy free, unlimited entry to special exhibitions as well as free and reduced entry to events and discounts in our shops and cafes. Find out how to join here.


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.


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