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

 

Saturday

1

Amazing Animals

Sunday

2

Bagpipes and other Instruments

Monday

3

Made in Scotland by People and Machines

Tuesday

4

Victorian Scotland

Wednesday

5

Picts and Vikings

Thursday

6

Stone Stories

Friday

7

The Stuarts

Saturday

8

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Sunday

9

Energy - Where it comes from and how we use it

Monday

10

The Jewels and Jewellers of Scotland

Tuesday

11

The Vikings in Scotland

Wednesday

12

The Museum Buildings

Thursday

13

Feisty Females

Friday

14

The Beginnings of Scotland - Land and People

Saturday

15

Phoebe Traquair and her Contemporaries

Sunday

16

Animals and People in the Arctic

Monday

17

Chess, Chinz and Curry

Tuesday

18

Scottish Christianity to 1000 AD

Wednesday

19

Death, Pain and Punishment

Thursday

20

Scotland's Pacific Connections

Friday

21

Edinburgh's Heritage in 9 Objects

Saturday

22

Buttons to Zips:  The Technology of Fashion

Sunday

23

The Industrial Revolution

Monday

24

The Scots Abroad

Tuesday

25

European Objects of Desire

Wednesday

26

Working Lives

Thursday

27

Abbots and Elders:  The Church in Scotland

Friday

28

Natural Wonders

Saturday

29

Strokes of Good Luck

Sunday

30

The Romans in Scotland


Header image: Saxton magneto-electric machine and compendium of apparatus stored in a mahogany box invented by Joseph Saxton and retailed by W. and S. Jones, London c. 1830.

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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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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 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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