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Museum trails

Explore the museum in a whole new light with our self-guided trails.

Pick one of our trails to help guide and inspire your visit to the National Museum of Scotland.
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Doctor Who trail

Our in-house Whovians have made a trail of 10 objects from our collections with scientific links to Doctor Who!

Explore the 'Whoniverse'!
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A Giant Adventure

The giant Benandonner has found his way into the museum! Can you help get him out again?

A Giant Adventure Trail
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Dinosaur Trail

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

Dinosaur Trail
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LGBTQIA+ Hidden Histories Trail

Explore LGBTQIA+ stories across our collections in this new trail.

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A World of Maths Trail

Follow the trail to explore our world and beyond with the help of marvellous maths!

A World of Maths Trail
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Winter Trail

Join baby King Penguin to get ready for a winter celebration!

Winter Trail
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Family Puzzle Trail

Download our family trail to help you plan a structured visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

Family Puzzle Trail
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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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Selfie Safari Trail

Follow our trail and get animal spotting in our Natural World galleries!

Selfie Safari
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Staff Picks Trail

We asked our staff to tell us the exhibits or spaces they love the most. Discover their top 10 picks.

Staff Picks Trail
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Architecture trail

The National Museum of Scotland is housed in magnificent buildings.

Discover striking architectural details and hiden histories on your next visit to our Museum.

Architecture trail
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Explore highlights from our Fashion and Style gallery online with Mode, our online guide to 30 iconic garments on display.

Discover sumptuous fabrics, bespoke craftsmanship and cutting-edge design inspiration. Luxuriate in couture details with close-up images and 360 views.

Visit Mode online
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Wellbeing Trail

This trail is to help you to ‘reset’ and find some moments of mindfulness and wellbeing in the Museum. Listen on your own device as you explore the space.

Wellbeing trail
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