Natural Science themed tours

Discover more about how the world works, what we know about it and the people and animals that inhabit Earth.

Tour Cancellation: 

Please note - Volunteer Guide led tours at the National Museum of Scotland have been cancelled until further notice. Please contact tours@nms.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Examine the relationship we have with other creatures and the geological formation of planet Earth.

Natural Science tours

Amazing Animals

Encounter a diverse range of animals past and present, and discover how animals and humans have interacted through the centuries.

Galleries: Window on the World, Animal World, Beginnings, Discoveries, Earth in Space

Animals and People in the Arctic

How have Arctic animals, native peoples and European colonists adapted to the Canadian Arctic? Find out on this tour.  

Galleries: Animal World, World Cultures, Industry and Empire

Birds in Nature, Mythology and Art

Explore the evolution of birds and learn how they have adapted to many environments, and encounter birds as supernatural figures in mythology and religion and in decorative art.

Galleries: Animal World, Living Lands

Man, the Sun and the Stars

Discover early instruments of navigation and time measurement and modern telescopes; learn more about the stars, planet formation and meteorites and explore the origins of life.

Galleries: Earth in Space, Animal World

Natural Wonders

Uncover the wonders of nature through the museum's collections, including a show-and-tell with nature objects.

Galleries: Natural World, Beginnings

Wonderful Whales

Discover more about whales and people's interactions with them, from historic drawings to giant specimens. 

Galleries: Grand Gallery, Natural World, Discoveries, Early People

Book a tour

Private booked tours for individuals and groups

All our tours are available as private, booked tours.

The cost of a private, booked tour is £5.00 per person (we make a minimum charge of £50.00 per guided group). One guide is allocated to every 15 people.

Tours are subject to guide availability and a minimum of three weeks’ notice is requested. Please contact tours@nms.ac.uk for further information and tour request form.

Daily themed tour

Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Meet at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

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