Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.
Join us for our exciting programme of daily guided themed tours, or book a private tour as an individual or group. Choose from the Art and Design themes below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and a tour request form.
Discover various textile making techniques used through the ages from thousands of years ago to modern times.
Galleries: Early People, Kingdom of the Scots, Fashion and Style, Art of Living, Scotland Transformed, Design for Living and Hawthornden Court.
Discover the history and development of jewellery through the ages, from Scotland's first people to the present day.
Galleries: Early People, Kingdom of the Scots, Scotland Transformed and Industry and Empire.
Discover some of the highlights of our Art, Design and Fashion galleries, including works by Phoebe Traquair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Eduardo Paolozzi and Pablo Picasso.
Galleries: Fashion and Style, Making and Creating, Art of Living, Design for living, Window on the World
Explore the evolution of birds and learn how they have adapted to many environments, and encounter birds as supernatural figures in mythology and religion and in decorative art.
Galleries: Animal World and Living Lands.
Examine objects from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Festival of Britain, including works by William Morris, William de Morgan and Phoebe Traquair.
Gallery: Design for Living.
Galleries: Window on the World, Artistic Legacies, Art of Living, Design for Living, Making and Creating and Art and Industry.
Gallery: Art of Living.
This tour celebrates the museum's wide range of religious art of gods and goddesses from the ancient worlds and newer divinely inspired masterpieces.
Galleries: Inspired by Nature, Traditions in Sculpture, Art of Living and Design for Living.
Explore possessions from the Duke of Hamilton's collection, along with artefacts owned by other individuals of power and influence, and discover how their collections reflected the people they admired.
Gallery: Art of Living.
Learn more about at the Arts and Crafts movement and the different media Phoebe Traquair worked with, and find out about her contemporaries Robert Lorimer, Charles Rennie Macintosh and Jessie King.
Galleries: Design for Living.
Investigate the influence of technology on fashion, synthetic fabrics and dyes. Explore the impact of traditional and modern methods of textile production, including computer design, 3D printing and what impact industrial revolution had.
Galleries: Fashion and Style, Grand Gallery, Science and Technology, Making it.
A fun and reminiscent tour looking at familiar objects from 1930s to 2005, such as the red telephone box, TRIM phone, Dansette Record Player, Commodore PET computer, Go-Go boots and Morris Minor Mini.
Header image: View of the Fashion and Style catwalk at National Museum of Scotland.
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 email@example.com for further information and tour request form.
Daily Themed Tour
Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
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 in January.