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

 

Friday

1

The Romans in Scotland

Saturday

2

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sunday

3

French Connections

Monday

4

Weights, Measures and Counters

Tuesday

5

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Wednesday

6

Animals and People in the Arctic

Thursday

7

Feisty Females

Friday

8

A Century of Decorative Arts from 1851

Saturday

9

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Sunday

10

Telling the Time

Monday

11

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Tuesday

12

Working Lives

Wednesday

13

Amazing Animals

Thursday

14

Art and Architecture in the Museum

Friday

15

Natural Wonders

Saturday

16

The Stuarts

Sunday

17

We the People

Monday

18

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Tuesday

19

Strokes of Good Luck

Wednesday

20

Abbots and Elders - The Church in Scotland

Thursday

21

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Friday

22

Scottish Inventors

Saturday

23

European Objects of  Desire

Sunday

24

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Monday

25

Stone Stories

Tuesday

26

Caledonia - Rome's North West Frontier

Wednesday

27

Picts and Vikings

Thursday

28

The Jacobite Risings

Friday

29

Art on the Top Floor

Saturday

30

Hero and Heroine - Unlucky or Unwise

Sunday

31

Scottish Sporting Heroes

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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 Mar - 31 Mar 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.

Access

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.

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