Magic Carpet Mini sessions are especially for really young children and their carers. Come along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting.

Our Magic Carpet Minis will be flying off to take a break in early 2018 and will be back after February half term (10-18 Feb).

Enjoy Magic Carpet sessions for really young children and their adults (suitable for age 0-2 plus supporting adult). Explore themes in the museum through songs, stories, rhymes, touch and play. Limited places.

10:30 (20 mins) – only available by booking the day before from 10am. 

11:30 (20 mins) – sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall

Please meet at the green fountain in the Grand Gallery 5 mins before start time.

Magic Carpet and Magic Carpet Minis sessions are for individual families with a minimum 1 adult to 2 children ratio. For details on our bookable sessions for nurseries and similar organised groups please see here.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

• How long do sessions last and can I leave if my child is restless?

Magic Carpet Thursday sessions for younger ones (0-2 years) last around 20-25 mins including some free play.  You are welcome to leave when you want during the session or wander to the toilet and come back.

• How strict are the age ranges and can I attend any session with my child?

The age ranges are guidelines for you to choose which session is most suitable for your child. Our team design the activities based on different developmental stages. A baby might enjoy the songs in one of the older sessions but wouldn’t necessarily be able to do some of the story actions or crafts. Likewise, a toddler may get bored in the younger sessions and become restless. Due to high demand, we greatly appreciate people only taking a place on the sessions that are suitable. If you have two children of different ages we recommend coming to the sessions geared more towards the elder child.

• I see a session underway but I haven’t signed up – can I just come and join in?

Unfortunately not - normally we are completely full up and will have turned people before you away.

• I want to sign up on the day – what time should I arrive?

Sometimes there is a queue outside from 09:30; sometimes it’s a lot quieter. To be in with the best chance of a place we suggest you aim to be there when the doors open at 10:00.

• If I sign up on the day can I also sign up my friends?

No, we can only sign up those who are physically present otherwise it’s not fair for the people in the queue behind you.

• Any other Magic Carpet rules?

In order to protect our carpet and the gallery areas nearby we ask you not to eat or drink on the carpet and to take your shoes off before sitting down.


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Magic Carpet

Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the collection.
Event information


22 Feb - 29 Mar 2018
Every Thursday 10:30-10:50, 11:30-11:50


Meet at the green fountain, Grand Gallery, Level 1

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Booking information

Please note that Magic Carpet days, times and booking procedures may change in 2018.

Call 0300 123 6789 or book online.

Suitable for ages 0-2 (plus accompanying adult).

National Museums Scotland has commissioned independent research company, Scotinform Ltd, to evaluate Magic Carpet. The evaluation aims to provide evidence to support Magic Carpet in the future.

We would like to include you within the evaluation process and if you are willing to take part please let our staff know when you arrive for your Magic Carpet session. The contact details you provide will be shared with Scotinform in order that they may contact you directly to capture your views on Magic Carpet. Your involvement with the study will take place at a time convenient to you and will provide us with invaluable insight into this part of our Family Programme. Scotinform Ltd is a Member of the Market Research Society (MRS) and works within the MRS Code of Conduct.

Personal data collected will also be used by National Museums Scotland to send you promotional or marketing information and for future research purposes, to get your feedback on our Family Programme.

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