National War Museum

Investigate the story of Scotland at war within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle. Accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections.
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Exhibition
Next of Kin
Scottish Families and the Great War

18 Apr - 8 Feb 2015
Discover the profound personal stories of Scottish families and communities as their loved ones fought abroad in the First World War.
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Gallery in the National War Museum

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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 Thin Red Line by Robert Gibb, 1881. By kind permission of Diageo, on loan to the National Museums Scotland.

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National War Museum library

The Library is based in our Museum within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Its collections include monographs and journals on all aspects of Scottish military history since the 1600s.
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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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Venue hire at National War Museum

Four hundred years of Scotland’s military history is narrated in six galleries housed in mid-18th century buildings in the very heart of Edinburgh Castle which crowns the Royal Mile.
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Membership group of people

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Become a Member

Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £35.
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Museum information

Opening times

1 April – 30 Sept 09:45-17:45
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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