Rebus Fest is a weekend of events at venues throughout Edinburgh celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels. The following events will take place at the National Museum of Scotland.



Museum Noir trail

This is a self-guided trail of exhibits which reveal stories of crime, punishment and death. Selected and introduced by Ian Rankin.

Download the trail here or pick up a printed copy from Museum Information Desks from Friday 30 June.


Written in Blood

Inspired by the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, author Doug Johnstone will lead a workshop on writing crime fiction.

1 July
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Crime, Punishment and Death Tour

Join our guide on a tour of all things crime in the National Museum of Scotland.

1 July
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The Mystery of the Miniature Coffins

We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins.   

2 July
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Header image and Museum Noir trail image ©

Event information


30 Jun - 2 Jul 2017
10:00 – 17:00

Rebus Fest


Rebus Fest website