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

 

Mon

1

Buttons to Zips - The Technology of Fashion

Tues

2

Feisty Females

Wed

3

Strokes of Good Luck

Thurs

4

Art & Architecture in the Museum

Fri

5

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Sat

6

Scotland in the 18th Century

Sun

7

We the People

Mon

8

The Romans in Scotland

Tues

9

Strokes of Good Luck

Wed

10

The Vikings in Scotland

Thurs

11

Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Fri

12

Scottish Science and Technology

Sat

13

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Sun

14

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Mon

15

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Tues

16

Caledonia - Rome's North West Frontier

Wed

17

The Scots Abroad

Thurs

18

Scottish Identity - Myths and Realities

Fri

19

The Museum Buildings

Sat

20

Chess, Chintz and Curry

Sun

21

2000 Years of Textiles

Mon

22

The Craftsmen of Scotland

Tues

23

The Stuarts

Wed

24

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Thurs

25

Abbotts and Elders - The Church in Scotland

Fri

26

Stone Stories

Sat

27

Energy - where it comes from and how we use it

Sun

28

Scottish Inventors

Mon

29

The Industrial Revolution

Tues

30

Death, Pain and Punishment

Wed

31

Natural Wonders


Header image: Spondylus princeps Broderip, Pacific thorny oyster, shell.

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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 Oct - 31 Oct 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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