Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through thought-provoking stories, objects and displays. Look at early scientific instruments, explore scientific discoveries and meet scientific pioneers.
Join us for our exciting programme of daily guided themed tours, or book a private tour as an individual or group. Choose from the Science and Technology themes below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and a tour request form.
This tour will explore the idea of energy conversion, for example that in a steam engine the fuel creates heat, which creates movement. Objects covered will range from conversion machines, to power stations and energy sources.
Galleries: Transport and Energise
This tour explores the development of 18th century cottage industry through to the mechanisation of manufacturing, looking at machine power, machine control and machine intelligence. Objects included range from a Jacquard loom to our bicycle collection.
Galleries: Discoveries and Making It.
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.
Galleries: Grand Gallery, Explore, Industry and Empire, Enquire and Scotland Transformed.
Galleries: Scotland Transformed, Industry and Empire and Window on the World.
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 and00 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.
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.