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

 

Fri

1

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sat

2

European Objects of Desire

Sun

3

Technology of Fashion

Mon

4

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Tue

5

Working Lives

Wed

6

Amazing Animals

Thu

7

Scottish Inventors

Fri

8

Supernatural Scotland

Sat

9

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Sun

10

Death, Pain and Punishment

Mon

11

No tour

Tue

12

Scotland's First People

Wed

13

Vikings in Scotland

Thu

14

Grave Matters

Fri

15

Gods and Goddesses

Sat

16

Gods and Goddesses

Sun

17

Feisty Females

Mon

18

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Tue

19

The Stuarts

Wed

20

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Thu

21

Jewellery

Fri

22

Art and Architecture in the Museum

Sat

23

The Industrial Revolution

Sun

24

No tour

Mon

25

No tour

Tue

26

No tour

Wed

27

The Victorian Artist, Phoebe Traquair

Thu

28

Sculpture

Fri

29

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Sat

30

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Sun

31

No tour

 

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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 Dec - 31 Dec 2017
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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