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

 

Sat

1

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sun

2

Life, Belief and Death in Early Scotland

Mon

3

Art and Architecture in the Museum

Tues

4

Death, Pain and Punishment

Wed

5

Animals and People in the Arctic

Thurs

6

Buttons to Zips

Fri

7

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sat

8

The Stuarts

Sun

9

Feisty Females

Mon

10

No Tour

Tues

11

Caledonia - Rome's North West Frontier

Wed

12

Scottish Innovators

Thurs

13

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Fri

14

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Sat

15

The Jacobite Risings

Sun

16

Strokes of Good Luck

Mon

17

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Tues

18

Chess, Chinz and Curry

Wed

19

The Vikings in Scotland

Thurs

20

Amazing Animals

Fri

21

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sat

22

Working Lives

Sun

23

European Objects of Desire

Mon

24

No Tour

Tues

25

No Tour

Wed

26

No Tour

Thurs

27

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Fri

28

Scottish Inventors

Sat

29

Scots Abroad

Sun

30

2000 Years of Textiles

Mon

31

No Tour

Header Image: Vulpes lagopus, Arctic fox

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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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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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Event information

When

1 Dec - 31 Dec 2018
15:00-16:00

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - 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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