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.
Silk embroidered postcard

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.
Gallery in the National War Museum

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.
Sandhurst In The Sun Camp Quargha Kabul

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

27 Feb - 31 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.
Membership group of people

Become a Member

Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £35.
The Thin Red Line by Robert Gibb, 1881. By kind permission of Diageo, on loan to the National Museums Scotland.

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.
Handling objects at the National War Museum

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.
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


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,
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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