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

 

Tuesday

1

The Museum Buildings

Wednesday

2

Scottish Christianity to 1000AD

Thursday

3

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Friday

4

Chess, Chinz and Curry

Saturday

5

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sunday

6

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Monday

7

The Auld Alliance

Tuesday

8

Amazing Animals

Wednesday

9

The Jacobite Rising

Thursday

10

Scottish Inventors

Friday

11

The Vikings in Scotland

Saturday

12

Some Interesting Scots

Sunday

13

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Monday

14

Art, Design and Fashion Galleries

Tuesday

15

Strokes of Good Luck

Wednesday

16

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Thursday

17

Energy - where it comes from and how we use it

Friday

18

The Stuarts

Saturday

19

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sunday

20

Art and Architecture in the Museum

Monday

21

Strokes of Luck

Tuesday

22

2000 Years of Textiles

Wednesday

23

The Industrial Revolution

Thursday

24

The Church in Scotland

Friday

25

Scotland and the Pacific

Saturday

26

Feisty Females

Sunday

27

Death, Pain and Punishment

Monday

28

We the People

Tuesday

29

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Wednesday

30

Stone Stories

Thursday

31

The Beginnings of Scotland

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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 May - 31 May 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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