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

 Tour

Wed

1

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Thu

2

Weights, Measures and Counters

Fri

3

Animals and People in the Arctic

Sat

4

Symbols of Power

Sun

5

Technology of Fashion

Mon

6

Feisty Females

Tue

7

The Architecture of the Museum

Wed

8

The Industrial Revolution

Thu

9

Picts vs Romans

Fri

10

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sat

11

Death, Pain and Punishment

Sun

12

Gods and Goddesses

Mon

13

The Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots

Tue

14

The Vikings in Scotland

Wed

15

Working Lives

Thu

16

Phoebe Traquair and her Contemporaries

Fri

17

The Stuarts

Sat

18

Saints and Sinners

Sun

19

The Auld Alliance

Mon

20

Scots in America

Tue

21

Amazing Animals

Wed

22

Sculpture

Thu

23

The Picts

Fri

24

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Sat

25

Scottish Identity: Myths and Realities

Sun

26

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Mon

27

French Connections

Tue

28

Grave Matters

Wed

29

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Thu

30

Scottish Inventors

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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 Nov - 30 Nov 2017
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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