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

 

Sun 

1

Death, Pain and Punishment

Mon

2

Scottish Science and Technology

Tue

3

Feisty Females

Wed

4

The Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots

Thu

5

Grave Matters

Fri

6

The Technology of Fashion

Sat

7

Scotland in the 18th Century

Sun

8

The Industrial Revolution in Scotland

Mon

9

Made in Scotland by Man and Machine

Tue

10

Edinburgh’s 101 Objects: Highlights at the National Museum of Scotland

Wed

11

2000 Years of Textiles

Thu

12

Scotland's First People

Fri

13

The Beginnings of Scotland - Land and People

Sat

14

Scottish Inventors and Inventions

Sun

15

Gods and Goddesses

Mon

16

The Scots Abroad

Tue

17

The Architecture of the Museum

Wed

18

Amazing Animals

Thu

19

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Fri

20

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Sat

21

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sun

22

Mary Queen of Scots

Mon

23

Pots and Plates - The Story of Ceramics

Tue

24

Edinburgh’s 101 Objects: Highlights at the National Museum of Scotland

Wed

25

Scotland and the Pacific

Thu

26

The Vikings in Scotland

Fri

27

Man, Sun, the Moon and Stars

Sat

28

Saints and Sinners

Sun

29

The Romans in Scotland

Mon

30

Birds in Nature, Mythology and Art

Tue

31

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Header image: Kalighat painting, depicting the god Shiva and goddess Parvati on Nandi, watercolour on mill made paper: India, Kolkata, 19th century.

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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 Oct - 31 Oct 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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