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

 

Monday

1

No Tour

Tuesday

2

The Auld Alliance

Wednesday

3

Death, Pain and Punishment

Thursday

4

Grave Matters

Friday

5

Feisty Females

Saturday

6

The Romans in Scotland

Sunday

7

Industrial Revolution in Scotland

Monday

8

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Tuesday

9

The Jacobites

Wednesday

10

The Technology of Fashion

Thursday

11

Some Interesting Scots

Friday

12

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Saturday

13

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sunday

14

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Monday

15

Mary Queen of Scots

Tuesday

16

Picts and Vikings

Wednesday

17

We The People

Thursday

18

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Friday

19

Made in Scotland by Man and Machine

Saturday

20

Stone Stories

Sunday

21

2000 Years of Textiles

Monday

22

Birds in Nature, Mythology and Art

Tuesday

23

The Stuarts

Wednesday

24

The Architecture of the Museum

Thursday

25

The Church in Scotland

Friday

26

Beginnings of Scotland, Land and People

Saturday

27

Gods and Goddesses

Sunday

28

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Monday

29

Working Lives

Tuesday

30

Scotland in the 18th Century

Wednesday

31

Scotland's Pacific Connections

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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 Jan - 31 Jan 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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