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.

Day

Date

 

Fri

1

The architecture of the Museum

Sat

2

From body snatchers to body scans

Sun

3

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Mon

4

Amazing animals

Tue

5

Death, pain and punishment

Wed

6

Vikings in Scotland

Thu

7

The story of ceramics

Fri

8

The ordinary people of Scotland

Sat

9

Scottish industries

Sun

10

Phoebe Traquair and her contemporaries

Mon

11

The Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots

Tue

12

The Romans in Scotland

Wed

13

Animals and people in the Arctic

Thu

14

Life in Georgian Edinburgh

Fri

15

Feisty females

Sat

16

The Industrial Revolution

Sun

17

Working lives

Mon

18

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Tue

19

The technology of fashion

Wed

20

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

Thu

21

The Museum Buildings

Fri

22

Scots in North America

Sat

23

We, The People

Sun

24

Scots and the Pacific

Mon

25

Grave matters

Tue

26

The Church in Scotland

Wed

27

Bagpipes and other instruments

Thu

28

Scottish inventors and inventions

Fri

29

The Stuarts

Sat

30

Beginnings of Scotland: land and people

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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 Sep - 30 Sep 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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