Our free guided themed tours at the National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

Please note that Tours will not take place on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019.

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

 

Tuesday

1

No Tour

Wednesday

2

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Thursday

3

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Friday

4

Amazing Animals

Saturday

5

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sunday

6

Energy - where it comes from and how we use it

Monday

7

The Jacobites and the Battle of Culloden

Tuesday

8

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Wednesday

9

A Century of Decorative Arts

Thursday

10

Caledonia - Rome's North West Frontier

Friday

11

Victorian Scotland

Saturday

12

The Stuart Kings

Sunday

13

Scottish Innovators

Monday

14

Animals and People in the Arctic

Tuesday

15

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Wednesday

16

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Thursday

17

The Vikings in Scotland

Friday

18

Strokes of Good Luck

Saturday

19

2000 Years of Textiles

Sunday

20

We the People

Monday

21

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Tuesday

22

Chess, Chintz and Curry

Wednesday

23

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Thursday

24

The Industrial Revolution in Scotland

Friday

25

Stone Stories

Saturday

26

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Sunday

27

Buttons to Zips - The Technology of Fashion

Monday

28

Death, Pain and Punishment

Tuesday

29

The Auld Alliance

Wednesday

30

Scottish Science and Technology

Thursday

31

The Stuarts

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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 2019
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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