Our free public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). These are available on a first come first served basis. It is not possible to reserve places in advance.
If you are visiting as part of a larger group please refer to our group booked tours below.
Times: 11:00 (1 hr)
Take an introductory tour around the National Museum of Scotland and discover the stories about selected objects.
Times: 13:00 (1 hr)
Join one of our daily guided tours and discover some of the highlights in the Scotland galleries.
Times: 15:00 (1 hr)
Join us for our exciting programme of tours with a different theme each day. Find out more about themed tours in June.
Choose from a wide-range of themes, featuring different aspects of our collection with diverse objects and stories across our collections in Scottish History and Archaeology, Science and Technology, Art and Design, Natural Science and World Cultures. Find out more our tour themes here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and tour request form.
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
To arrange a tour for visitors with visual impairments please email email@example.com or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 247 4041.
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
Free, except group booked tours
Free Daily Guided Tours
Booking not required
11:00 Discover the National Museum
13:00 Scotland Galleries Highlights Tours
15:00 Themed Tours
Private Booked Tours for Individuals and Groups
For groups and individuals, £5 per person (min £50 per tour) Email email@example.com