Step back in time at the country’s best-preserved First and Second World War airfield, home to a rare collection of civil and military aircraft. From just an hour to a full day programme, explore technology or be inspired by history with our newest exhibitions and collection of aircraft.

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What options are available for a visit?

Schools can choose to visit the museum as:

  • A self-guided visit
  • A facilitated workshop.

Please select your preferred option when completing the booking request form.

What can my class see and do on a visit to National Museum of Flight?

  • Find out what it was like to serve here in the past in our Fortunes of War exhibition, which investigates the First and Second World War heritage of this airfield, through the experiences of the people who served here.
  • Go interactive in our hands-on Fantastic Flight exhibition. Discover the science behind flight: how do aircraft fly? How are they are built and what skills do you need to fly them?
  • And of course, you can still get up close to our amazing aircraft, join the jet-set in our Boeing 707 exhibition and follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous when you board Concorde!

What additional activities are on offer?

  • Workshops and live interpretation sessions led by experienced facilitators - full details can be found in the schools programmes
  • The chance to get up close to our amazing aircraft
  • Free activity boxes let your class explore flight and traditional games in open spaces.

Do I need to book in advance?

To ensure your visit runs smoothly, all school visits to the National Museum of Flight must be booked in advance. Please complete the booking request form here.

How much does a visit cost?

Pre-booked self-guided visits and downloadable resources are all free of charge. All other activities cost £70 per class, unless otherwise stated. Maximum class size is 33 students.

Your school will be invoiced after your visit.

What workshops are available?

Details of our workshops and Enabler/Facilitator-led sessions can be found in our primary and secondary schools programmes.

How long do workshops last and when should we arrive?

  • Workshops last for 75 minutes unless otherwise indicated. The duration of all workshops can be found in the schools programmes.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your workshop is due to begin so you can use the toilets and put bags and coats in the cloakroom.
  • You should allow additional time after your workshop if you wish to visit the shop.

Will there be time for us to visit the rest of the museum?

  • We recommend that if you book a morning workshop you visit the rest of the museum after lunch.
  • If you book an afternoon workshop you should visit the rest of the museum before lunch.

Can I download resources for my visit?

The following resources allow you to explore aspects of the Museum in more detail with your class:

Is there parking for our bus/minibus?

There is dedicated, free coach parking on-site.

Is there a space to leave our bags and jackets?

There is a cloakroom in the Education Centre.

Where can we eat our lunch?

There is a bookable space in the Education Centre. Please request this when you book your visit.

Is the space we will be visiting fully accessible?

All spaces are accessible except on board the aeroplanes and the mezzanine floor in Hangar 1. You can find full information for visitors with disabilities here.

Do you have a risk assessment we can use?

There are guidelines for teachers to help you write your own risk assessment. Teachers can make a free pre-visit to carry out their risk assessment. Please contact us on schoolsnmof@nms.ac.uk to find out more.

Can I take photographs?

Yes.

Safety guidelines

All visitors should have sensible outdoor footwear and clothing. Please take care when crossing roads within the site and stay on the marked walkways in the hangars. Students must not run in the buildings or climb on the outside of them.

Is there a shop/café?

Yes, but please check availability when you make your booking. Schools can visit National Museum of Flight all year round but the Museum is closed to the public on weekdays between November and March. We cannot guarantee that the café or shop will be open during this period. (Please ensure there is a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children in the shop).

How do we cancel our visit?

We understand that you may need to cancel or change your booking. Please contact us as soon as possible to let us know of any changes.

National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations. Bookings cancelled:

  • Less than 3 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events
  • Less than 2 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events.

Last minute requests to change a visit date may also incur an administration fee as above. In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the cancellation fee. 

New hangars

Our newly restored hangars tell the stories of military and civil aviation over the past 100 years, showcasing our world-class collection of aircraft alongside uniforms, documents and photographs, in immersive, interactive and thought-provoking displays.

Contact us

Tel: 0131 247 4238
schoolsnmof@nms.ac.uk

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