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

 

Thurs

1

Vikings in Scotland

Fri

2

Abbotts and Elders:  The Church in Scotland

Sat

3

Strokes of Good Luck

Sun

4

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Mon

5

The Picts

Tues

6

Amazing Animals

Wed

7

Art on the Top Floor

Thurs

8

Phoebe Traquair and her Contemporaries

Fri

9

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Sat

10

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Sun

11

Death, Pain and Punishment

Mon

12

We the People:  Scottish Identity and Self-Determination

Tues

13

Scottish Inventors

Wed

14

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Thurs

15

18th Century Scotland

Fri

16

Life, Belief and Death in Early Scotland

Sat

17

Stone Stories

Sun

18

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Mon

19

Caldonia - Rome's North West Frontier

Tues

20

European Objects of Desire

Wed

21

Working Lives

Thurs

22

Scotland's First People

Fri

23

Weights, Measures and Counters

Sat

24

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sun

25

The Stuarts

Mon

26

The Auld Alliance

Tues

27

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Wed

28

The Architecture of the Museum

Thurs

29

Picts and Vikings

Fri

30

Natural Wonders


Header image: Sculptured stone with an incised figure of a boar, partially broken, from Clune, Dores, Inverness-shire.

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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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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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Event information

When

1 Nov - 30 Nov 2018
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.

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