Our free guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland explore everything from Scotland's history to the supernatural.

Themed tours take place every day at 3pm and have a different theme every day. Themed tours are subject to guide availability and some titles may change. 

Our free public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). If you are visiting as part of a larger group please see our section on booked tours.

Day

Date

 

Monday

1

Phoebe Traquair & Contemporaries

Tuesday

2

We, The People

Wednesday

3

Saints & Sinners

Thursday

4

Sculpture

Friday

5

Scottish Inventors

Saturday

6

Mary, Queen of Scots

Sunday

7

Scotland’s First People

Monday

8

Architecture of the Museum

Tuesday

9

Amazing Animals

Wednesday

10

Feisty Females

Thursday

11

Jewellery - Antiquity to Present Day

Friday

12

Weights, Measures & Counters

Saturday

13

Victorian Scotland

Sunday

14

Gods & Goddesses

Monday

15

Grave Matters

Tuesday

16

Death Pain & Punishment

Wednesday

17

The Technology of Fashion

Thursday

18

Treasures of European Palaces

Friday

19

French Connections

Saturday

20

The Vikings in Scotland

Sunday

21

Scottish Sporting Heroes

Monday

22

Jewels & Jewellers of Scotland

Tuesday

23

The Auld Alliance

Wednesday

24

Scottish Christianity to 1,000 AD

Thursday

25

Working Life

Friday

26

Scotland’s First People

Saturday

27

Stone Stories

Sunday

28

From Body Snatchers to Body Scans

Monday

29

Birds in Nature, Mythology & Art

Tuesday

30

The Stuarts

Wednesday

31

Scottish Science and Technology

Header image: Detail of Jacquard loom at National Museum of Scotland.

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Tour themes

Join us for our exciting programme of guided tours. Each of our themed tours are developed by our volunteer guides, featuring objects and stories across our collections.
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Meet our volunteer guides

Our guided tours are run by a number of enthusiastic and experienced volunteer guides. We introduce a selection of our guides below.
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Tours

Join our volunteer guides on an introductory tour and discover some highlights of the collection.
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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.
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Event information

When

1 May - 31 May 2017
15:00-16:00

Where

Meet the guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0

How much

Free