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Funded visits for schools

If you are unable to visit our museums in person due to geographic, financial or other barriers, there are a number of ways we can support your teaching and learning:


What is Discover the Museum?

The Discover the Museum initiative aims to build the confidence and knowledge needed for pupils to return on their own in the future and to see the museum as a place that is accessible, friendly, and full of interesting artefacts and exhibits.

For many, it is their first visit to the Museum. The project first ran between November 2018-March 2019.

In the video below, students from Leith Primary School discover the National Museum of Scotland as part of a funded visit.

What do schools receive?

A primary school pupil eats an apple provided as part of a funded museum visit

As part of Discover the Museum, schools are provided with, free of charge:

  • Coach transport
  • A healthy snack upon arrival
  • Resources (e.g., museum trails/worksheets) to suit a specific topic of the teacher’s choosing, or a general exploratory visit
  • An introduction to the museum from a member of the learning team (Enabler)
  • Personalised help from the Discover the Museum Schools Coordinator to ensure a well-organised and supported experience
  • A special soft-toy mascot (DeeDee the Dodo) is sent to each class prior to their visit to introduce the Museum to the students. Classes bring DeeDee with them to the Museum and keep the toy as a memento of their visit.

How do I apply?

Applications aren’t currently open for the Discover the Museum programme. If you would be interested in taking part in the future, please let us know by emailing us at

Primary school pupils writing on a worksheet in the museum

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