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

 

Sunday

1

The Picts

Monday

2

Scottish Inventors

Tuesday

3

Energy:  Where it comes from and how we use it

Wednesday

4

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Thursday

5

Death, Pain and Punishment

Friday

6

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Saturday

7

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sunday

8

The Auld Alliance

Monday

9

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Tuesday

10

Stone Stories

Wednesday

11

Scottish Science and Technology

Thursday

12

Feisty Females

Friday

13

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Saturday

14

Victorian Scotland

Sunday

15

Working Lives

Monday

16

Art, Design and Fashion Galleries Highlights

Tuesday

17

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Wednesday

18

The Architecture of the Museum

Thursday

19

We the People

Friday

20

Strokes of Luck

Saturday

21

Picts and Vikings

Sunday

22

The Stuarts

Monday

23

European Objects of Desire

Tuesday

24

The Beginnings of Scotland:  Land and People

Wednesday

25

Scottish Innovators

Thursday

26

The Church in Scotland

Friday

27

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Saturday

28

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sunday

29

The Scots Abroad

Monday

30

The Vikings in Scotland

Tuesday

31

Chess, Chinz and Curry

Header image: Globe of Mars showing the alleged canals, by Ingeborg Brun, Denmark, c. 1914.

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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 Jul - 31 Jul 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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