Our free guided themed tours at the National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

Themed tours take place every day at 15:00 and have a different theme every day. Themed tours are subject to guide availability and some titles may change. 

Our free public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). If you are visiting as part of a larger group please see our booked tours.

Descriptions of Themed Tours

Day

Date

 

Sun 

1

The Romans in Scotland

Mon

2

Symbols of Power

Tues 

3

French Connections

Wed

4

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Thurs

5

Amazing Animals

Fri

6

The Vikings in Scotland

Sat

7

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sun

8

Grave Matters

Mon

9

Death, Pain and Punishment

Tues

10

Feisty Females

Wed

11

Colour

Thurs

12

The Scot Abroad

Fri

13

Scottish Inventors

Sat

14

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Sun

15

Working Lives

Mon

16

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Tues

17

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Wed

18

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Thurs

19

Weights, Measures and Counters

Fri

20

Animals and People in the Arctic

Sat

21

Some Interesting Scots

Sun

22

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Mon

23

Chess, Chintz and Curry

Tues

24

The Stuarts

Wed

25

Picts and Vikings

Thurs

26

Stone Stories

Fri

27

Art and Architecture in the Museum

Sat

28

The Industrial Revolution in Scotland

Sun 

29

European Objects of Desire

Mon

30

Art, Design and Fashion Galleries

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Tour themes

Join us for our exciting programme of guided tours. Each of our themed tours are developed by our volunteer guides, featuring objects and stories across our collections.
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Meet our volunteer guides

Our guided tours are run by a number of enthusiastic and experienced volunteer guides. We introduce a selection of our guides below.
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Tours

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.
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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
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Event information

When

1 Apr - 30 Apr 2018
15:00-16:00

Where

Meet the guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0

How much

Free

Booking information

Our free public tours are available on a first come first served basis.  It is not possible to reserve places in advance.

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