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

 

Wednesday

1

18th Century Scotland

Thursday

2

Strokes of Good Luck

Friday

3

Bagpipes & Other Instruments

Saturday

4

The Picts

Sunday

5

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Monday

6

Feisty Females

Tuesday

7

Death, Pain & Punishment

Wednesday

8

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Thursday

9

18th Century Scotland

Friday

10

Made in Scotland by People & Machine

Saturday

11

Art, Design & Fashion Galleries Highlights

Sunday

12

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Monday

13

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Tuesday

14

The Jewels & Jewellery of Scotland

Wednesday

15

Energy - Where it Comes From

Thursday

16

The Auld Alliance

Friday

17

The Church in Scotland

Saturday

18

Picts & Vikings

Sunday

19

Working Life

Monday

20

Scottish Science & Technology

Tuesday

21

Chess, Chintz & Curry

Wednesday

22

Phoebe Traquair & Her Contemporaries 

Thursday

23

Romans in Scotland

Friday

24

The Scots Abroad

Saturday

25

Industrial Revolution in Scotland

Sunday

26

We, The People

Monday

27

The Vikings in Scotland

Tuesday

28

The Jacobite Rising

Wednesday

29

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Thursday

30

Weights, Measures & Counters

Friday

31

The Stuarts


Header image: Fragment of green Roman glass, from Traprain Law, 80 - 200 AD

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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 Aug - 31 Aug 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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