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

Free Daily Guided Tours

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 refer to our group booked tours below.

Discover the National Museum

Times: 11:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Take an introductory tour around the National Museum of Scotland and discover the stories about selected objects.

Scotland Galleries Highlights Tour

Times: 13:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join one of our daily guided tours and discover some of the highlights in the Scotland galleries.

Themed Tour

Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Cost: Free

Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Find out more about themed tours in February and March.

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 for further information and tour request form.

Audio Descriptive Tour

A free audio descriptive guided tour, suitable for visually impaired people, using handling objects. Call 0300 123 6789 or 0131 247 4199 (answer machine) or sign up in person at our Information Desk, Entrance Hall, Level 0. Find out more about audio descriptive tours here

Signed Tours (BSL)

To arrange a tour for visitors with visual impairments please email or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.

Hearing Helpers

All of our tours offer the use of the Hearing Helper Tour Guide system. This can be asked for on the day but if you have any queries, please email or call 0131 247 4041.

Explore more

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.

Museum Socials

National Museums Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

New! Guided Audio Descriptive Tour

Guided descriptive audio tour for the visually impaired.
Event information


1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00


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

How much

Free, except group booked tours

Booking information

Free Daily Guided Tours

Booking not required

11:00 Discover the National Museum

13:00 Scotland Galleries Highlights Tours

15:00 Themed Tour

Private Booked Tours for Individuals and Groups

For groups and individuals, £5 per person (min £50 per tour) Email