Our free public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). These are available on a first come first served basis. It is not possible to reserve places in advance.
If you are visiting as part of a larger group please refer to our group booked tours below.
Times: 11:00 (1 hr)
Take an introductory tour around the National Museum of Scotland and discover the stories about selected objects.
Times: 13:00 (1 hr)
Join one of our daily guided tours and discover some of the highlights in the Scotland galleries.
Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Find out more about themed tours in March.
Choose from a wide range of themes, featuring different aspects of our collection with diverse objects and stories across our collections in Scottish History and Archaeology, Science and Technology, Art and Design, Natural Science and World Cultures. Find out more about our tour themes here.
All our tours are available as private, booked tours. The cost of a private, booked tour is £5.00 per person (we make a minimum charge of £50.00 per guided group). One guide is allocated to every 15 people.
Tours are subject to guide availability and a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is requested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and tour request form.
To find out about our ticketed, audio described tours of special exhibitions, click here.
Free, audio described guided tours are also available by request and subject to availability. This is an audio description of our Discover the National Museum Tour and it is delivered by our Learning staff or Volunteer Guides. To find out more and book please call 0131 247 4041 or email email@example.com
Free British Sign Language interpreted tours are available by request. To arrange please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.
All of our tours offer the use of the Hearing Helper Tour Guide system. These help visitors with hearing difficulties overcome background noise and distance from the guide. They can be used with hearing aids. This can be asked for on the day but if you have any queries, please email email@example.com or call 0131 247 4041.
1 Jan - 31 Dec 2019
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - Meet the tour guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0
Free, except group booked tours
Free Daily Guided Tours
Booking not required
11:00 Discover the National Museum
13:00 Scotland Galleries Highlights Tours
15:00 Themed Tours
Private Booked Tours for Individuals and Groups
For groups and individuals, £5 per person (min £50 per tour) Email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.