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National Museum of Scotland

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland.

Admission is free and there are staff around the building to assist.  You can spend a lot of time in the museum, there are three eating places, gift shops and seating areas around the building, as well as portable stools to rest.

The new entrance hall is accessed from street level, either side of the original stairs on Chamber Street.  Here you’ll find everything you need to start your visit. Pick up a museum map and check the screens to find out what’s on where, and when. If you have any questions, the staff at the Information Desk are happy to help.  Wheelchairs, toilets, gift shop, cafe and a cloakroom (costing £1 per item) are all available in the entrance hall.

Free guided tours offer more insight into the museum’s collections.  There are three free tours a day, an introductory Discover the Museum tour at 11am; Scotland highlight tours at 1pm and Themed tours at 3pm.  You can book a portable loop system for a tour, request BSL interpretation or verbal description by contacting tours@nms.ac.uk or call 0131 247 404.


Phone number:
0300 123 6789

Euan's Guide web page for National Museum of Scotland

Access Information

Contact for access information:
E-mail tours@nms.ac.uk or call 0131 247 404
Web page for access information:
Gallery access resources information
Audio resources with scripts provided
Large print labels
Maps, trails, printed interpretation and interactive activities.
If you wish to enquire about the possibility of booking a BSL interpreter for any tours or other events, please email tours@nms.ac.uk, giving at least three weeks' notice.

Hearing System

Type of Hearing System
Fm portable loop system (Willimas Hearing Helper) available for tours. There is an induction loop at the Museum Information Desk and in the Auditorium and Dunfermline Room lecture theatre.
The museum showing the new entrance at street level.

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