National War Museum

The story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.
Handling objects at the National War Museum

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School visits to the National War Museum

Step back in time with your pupils and discover the story of Scotland at war. Relive wartime experiences, from the front line to the Home Front, through personal mementoes and military equipment.
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Sandhurst In The Sun Camp Quargha Kabul

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Helmand Return
A record of the British troops' final tour of duty in Afghanistan

27 Feb 2015 - 27 Mar 2016
Photographs by the renowned photographer Robert Wilson when he revisited Afghanistan as an official war artist, this time to record the British troops' final tour of duty.
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Discover the museum

Discover uniforms, insignia and equipment, medals, decorations, weapons, paintings, ceramics and silverware, all of which throw light on Scotland's military history, from world-changing events to the everyday life of Scottish servicemen.
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The Covering Party by Joseph Donovan Adam

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First World War centenary

The First World War affected millions of Scots and touched the lives of people of Scottish descent all over the world. Our Centenary programme of exhibitions and events shares the Scottish memory of these world-changing events with national and international visitors.
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Art at War

Discover a range of individual experiences and expressions of identity in the First and Second World Wars depicted in paintings, drawings and pastels from the military collection at National Museums Scotland.
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Silk embroidered postcard

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Next of Kin touring project

The Next of Kin touring programme commemorates the centenary of the First World War by revealing the wartime stories and testimony of Scottish families within diverse museum collections across Scotland.
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Museum information

Opening times

1 April – 30 Sept 9:45-17:45
1 Oct – 31 March 9:45-16:45
Closed 25 and 26 December
New Year's Day: 11:00-17:00

Admission

Entry to the museum is included in admission to Edinburgh Castle. Entry to Edinburgh Castle ranges from £9.60 to £16 (under 5s free). National Museums Scotland Members get 10% off adult admission on production of valid membership card.

Full admission details are available from the Edinburgh Castle website.

How to find us

National War Museum
Edinburgh Castle,
Edinburgh,
EH1 2NG
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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