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Supported self-led visits

Build back your class' confidence on school trips with our supported self-led visits. Bookings are now open.

Bring your class topic to life with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. Our supported self-led visits provide pre-visit advice and support from a dedicated member of our learning team. Upon arrival, your class will receive an introduction with a hands-on element, clipboards and pencils to use throughout your visit and pre-printed copies of a trail of your choice.



About supported self-led visits


£25 per class

Suitable For

Nursery - S6


10:30/11:45/13:00 (10 minute introduction)


Please check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your session.



Topics available

Dinosaurs, Romans, Vikings, Ancient Egypt and General Introduction to the National Museum of Scotland

Curriculum links

  • Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society. HWB 0-12a / HWB 1-12a / HWB 2-12a / HWB 3-12a / HWB 4-12a

  • When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect. LIT 1-02a

  • I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 1-04a

  • When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a

  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences. SOC 2-04a

  • By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history. SOC 1-02a

  • I can interpret historical evidence from a range of periods to help to build a picture of Scotland’s heritage and my sense of chronology. SOC 2-02a

Request a visit

Click the link below to request a general self-led visit

Request a visit

Terms and Conditions

Terms of booking

  • Scottish State schools should raise a Purchase Order through their Local Authority procurement system for the maximum cost of charged sessions.
  • Purchase Order numbers should be notified to at least 7 days in advance of the visit.
  • For sessions charged per pupil, schools will be charged for the number of pupils booked, unless 10 days advance notice of change in numbers is notified to

Cancellation Policy

  • National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations or no-shows.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 3 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events.
  • No-show or last-minute cancellations of free workshops or staff-led sessions may incur a £50.00 administration fee
  • In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the administration fee
  • Cancellations should be notified in writing to

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