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.
This includes the requirement for all staff and visitors aged 12 and over to wear face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:
|Please keep your distance from others.||Face coverings must be worn by visitors aged 12 and over.|
|Use the hand sanitiser provided.||Card payments are the preferred method of payment.|
|Wash your hands often.|
We recommend that you use the Check In Scotland QR codes which will be located throughout the building for Test and Protect purposes.
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.
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.
The reopening of galleries will be phased. Level 0 (Entrance Hall level) and parts of Level 1 (Grand Gallery level), Level 3 and Level 5 are now open.
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.
Three exhibitions are currently being staged at the National Museum of Scotland. These are all free to enter.
Spaces with a high number of interactive displays and high-touch areas, such as the Imagine, Explore and Adventure Planet galleries, are temporarily closed for your safety. While Explore is closed we have moved Dolly the sheep to a new location in the Animal World gallery (Level 1). Look out for her under the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
The Balcony Café (Level 3) is open daily from 10:00–17:00 for tea, coffee, home baking, snacks and freshly prepared soup, sandwiches, salads and children's lunch boxes. Please note we are accepting card payments only. Last orders are at 16:30.
The Museum Brasserie is temporarily closed, as is the lunch space.
The Museum Shops on Level 0 and Level 3 are open to pre-booked museum visitors. Card payment is the preferred method of payment.
Please note that in line with Scottish Government guidelines, all visitors over the age of 12 must wear a face covering in our shops.
National Museums Scotland Members receive a 10% discount on all shop purchases.
Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Scotland.
Please note the Museum Brasserie and cloakroom are temporarily closed. As our lunch space is also closed, and eating is not permitted in the galleries, please don’t bring your own food to eat in the museum at this time.
We are unfortunately unable to accommodate school visits at this time.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
NCP Parking Discount Available
A 24-hour parking ticket for the NCP Castle Terrace car park is available for £10.50 if you are visiting our special exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.
To receive the discount, please present your parking ticket along with your National Museum Scotland Membership card or special 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). You will be given a validated parking ticket with the discount applied to use when you pay for your parking at NCP Castle Terrace.
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