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

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 for further information and a tour request form.

2000 Years of Textiles

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.

4000 Years of Jewellery

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.

Art on the Top Floor

Explore the art objects on the top floor of the original museum building, aiming to enthral the visitor with the splendour of the museum’s art collection.

Galleries: Art of Living, Design for Living and Sculpture Gallery

Art, Design and Fashion galleries 

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

Birds in Nature, Mythology and Art

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.

A Century of Decorative Arts

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.

Buttons to Zips – The Technology of Fashion

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.


Explore the history and development of ceramics from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century, from Chinese porcelain to works by Picasso and Paolozzi.

Galleries: Window on the World, Artistic Legacies, Art of Living, Design for Living, Making and Creating and Art and Industry.

European Objects of Desire

Discover luxurious items from across the Continent, including a glamorous silver-gilt toilet service, objects from Hamilton Palace and a tea service that once belonged to Napoleon.

Gallery: Art of Living.

Gods and Goddesses

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.

Treasures of European Palaces

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.

The Victorian artist Phoebe Traquair

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.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

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.

Galleries: Art and Design, Design and Technology, Fashion and Style and Hawthornden Court.

Header image: View of the Fashion and Style catwalk at National Museum of Scotland.

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Art, Design and Fashion galleries

These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style. Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.

Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science.
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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 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 in January.

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