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

Examine the relationship we have with other creatures and the geological formation of planet Earth.

Join us for our exciting programme of daily guided themed tours, or book a private tour as an individual or group. Choose from the Natural Science themes below. Contact for further information and a tour request form.

Amazing Animals

Encounter a diverse range of animals past and present, and discover how animals and humans have interacted through the centuries.

Galleries: Window on the World, Animal World, Beginnings, Discoveries and Earth in Space.

Animals and People in the Arctic

How have Arctic animals, native peoples and European colonists adapted to the Canadian Arctic? Find out on this tour.  

Galleries: Animal World, World Cultures, and Industry and Empire.

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.

Man, the Sun and the Stars Natural Wonders

Discover early instruments of navigation and time measurement and modern telescopes; learn more about the stars, planet formation and meteorites and explore the origins of life.

Galleries: Earth in Space and Animal World.

Natural Wonders

Uncover the wonders of nature through the museum's collections, including a show-and-tell with nature objects.

Galleries: Natural World and Beginnings

Stone Stories

People's imaginations are stirred by stones. Discover what stones tell us about the past.

Galleries: Grand Gallery, Window on the World, Earth in Space, Restless Earth, Kingdom of the Scots and Beginnings.


Header image: A male Harp seal cast, on display in Living Lands at National Museum of Scotland.

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Natural World galleries

A giant T.rex guards our Natural World galleries, where we ask the big questions: how does the world work? What do we know about it?

Grand Gallery, Discoveries and Window on the World

Your journey from Scotland to the world begins in the Grand Gallery, one of Scotland's most beautiful spaces.
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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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