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

 

Thurs 

1

Grave Matters

Fri

2

French Connections

Sat

3

Feisty Females

Sun

4

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Mon

5

Scottish Inventors

Tues

6

Made in Scotland by Man and Machine

Wed

7

Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots

Thurs

8

The Picts

Fri

9

2000 Years of Textiles

Sat

10

Stone Stories

Sun

11

Scots in North America

Mon

12

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Tues

13

The Romans in Scotland

Wed

14

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Thurs

15

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Fri

16

The Technology of Fashion

Sat

17

Scotland and the Pacific

Sun

18

Gods and Goddesses

Mon

19

Victorian Scotland

Tues

20

The Vikings in Scotland

Wed

21

The Beginnings of Scotland - Land and People

Thurs

22

Some Interesting Scots

Fri

23

The Architecture of the Museum

Sat

24

The Stuarts

Sun

25

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Mon

26

Scottish Gold

Tues

27

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Wed

28

Animals and People in the Arctic


Header image: Painting entitled 'A Coronach in the Backwoods', oil on canvas, by George W. Simson, 1859

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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 Feb - 28 Feb 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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