National Museum of Scotland National Museum of Scotland

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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, United Kingdom | 0300 123 6789 | Website

Venue Description

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.


There is a level entrance to the museum via the main entrance to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. On arrival, ask at the Information Desk. Wheelchairs are not bookable in advance. Lifts are available to all floors and there is a variety of seating throughout the museum.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link:

Accessible Performances

We offer relaxed opening times. Please see our website for details.


Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets. They are larger and have more equipment including a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a tracking or mobile hoist.Please see the Changing Places website for details of this and other Changing Places toilets.


To arrange a tour with handling opportunities for visitors with visual impairments please email or call 0131 247 4041, giving at least three weeks’ notice. If you wish to inquire about the possibility of booking a BSL interpreter for any tours or other events, please email giving at least three weeks' notice.

COVID Precautions

Last updated:

We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means that National Museums Scotland has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing. Our new range of safety measures include pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas of the museum where physical distancing is not possible. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, all visitors over the age of 5 must wear a face covering. However there are exemptions for those, for example with a health condition, disability, physical or mental impairment, who are unable to do so. Not all exemptions are visible so we ask visitors and staff to be understanding. Free timed entry has been introduced to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. The Tower entrance is an accessible entrance only for visitors who have additional mobility requirements or buggies. Lifts are in operation and are restricted to one household at a time. Lift buttons and other high frequency touch surfaces have been coated in a long life anti-viral surface paint. Wheelchairs are available for loan whilst visiting the museum and are cleaned thoroughly between uses. Wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance, so please speak with our staff about availability on arrival. Please note: not all areas of the museum are currently open. Please visit our website for information on which areas will be open during your visit. We have also developed a new visitor map to show which parts of the site will be open, along with a number of visitor trails to help you make the most of your visit. Spaces with a high number of interactive displays and high-touch areas are temporarily closed for your safety. We have created a short video to allow you to see the changes we've made to make your visit safe and enjoyable. You will find the video here We've put together answers to some common questions to help you plan your visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Audio Format
  • Braille
  • Carer Discount
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • Easy Read
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print

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