Each of our themed tours are developed by our volunteer guides, featuring objects and stories across our collections.

Choose from a wide-range of themes, featuring different aspects of our collection with diverse objects and stories below:

Header image: Food bowl of carved blackened wood in form of a frigate bird, inlaid with pieces of pearl shell: Melanesian, Solomon Islands, probably Makira (San Cristóbal), early 20th century.

Scottish History and Archaeology themed tours

Explore Scottish History and Archaeology from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the prehistory and Scotland's earliest people to the industrial revolution and contemporary culture.

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Science and Technology themed tours

Investigate communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine and learn how scientific and technological inventions have changed our lives.

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Art and Design themed tours

Immerse yourself in our sumptuous galleries, which showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style.

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Natural Science themed tours

Discover more about how the world works, what we know about it and the people and animals that inhabit Earth.

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World Cultures

Encounter diverse peoples, cultures and objects, and discover how we differ and what we all share.

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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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Private Booked Tours for Individuals and Groups

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 tours@nms.ac.uk for further information and tour request form.

Daily Themed Tour

Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Meet at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0. Find out more about themed tours here. 

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Detail of a blouse and hood set designed by Bianca Mosca, fabric entitled 'London Wall', designed by Jacqmar's in house textile designer Arnold Lever and manufactured by Jacqmar, London, British, c. 1942.

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