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Museum tours and trails

Explore museum highlights and discover new objects, themes and stories

Pick from our selection of tours and trails to help guide and inspire your visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

Audio tours and trails

With our partners at Smartify, we have developed a series of free audio tours accessible through their app. These tours can be enjoyed in the museum where you can follow at your own pace by scanning a QR code when you arrive. Or dive in right now and learn more about our collections wherever you are.

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Highlights Audio Tour

Discover some of the highlights of our collections introduced by the voices of the museum team as they reveal the stories behind our most iconic objects. Starting in the atmospheric Grand Gallery the tour takes you through the museum stopping at must-see exhibits along the way.

Explore our highlights
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LGBTQIA+ Hidden Histories Audio Trail

Discover LGBTQIA+ stories across our collections. This trail is a collaboration between young people from Impact Arts, LGBT Youth Scotland and our Scotland 365 youth engagement team.

LGBTQIA+ Trail
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Wellbeing Audio Trail

Find some moments of mindfulness and wellbeing in the Museum to help you 'reset'. Listen on your own device as you explore the space.

Wellbeing trail - Smartify

Online trails

Follow our online trails from home or on your mobile in the Museum. Some also have printable options.

Printable trails

Download and print at home to bring with you to the gallery and fill in as you explore. Limited copies are available to pick up during your visit.

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Dinosaur Trail

Discover some fascinating dino facts as you follow Rory the Stegosaurus through our Natural Sciences galleries.

Dinosaur Trail
Illustration of a beaver diving into water.

Rewilding Trail

Pick up our new trail and explore our galleries to find out about some of Scotland's native species.

Rewilding Trail
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