The Soyuz spacecraft used for European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Station will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland from May to August 2018.

Visiting with your class

The spacecraft will be displayed in Hawthornden Court from 17 May and is open to the general public throughout the day. To visit the spacecraft, complete our online booking request form and mention the Soyuz in the special exhibition section. It is free of charge to visit.

The spacecraft will be displayed alongside Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, a virtual reality adventure which places you right at the heart of Tim Peake’s journey back to Earth. This is available for children aged 13 and over. There is a £5 fee for each person taking part in the Space Descent VR experience and tickets must be booked beforehand. Details available soon.

A self-led trail for primary pupils will be available from May onwards.


You can book a workshop alongside a visit to the spacecraft:


TimPix: Investigating the Aurora

Institute for Research in Schools

Free of charge

Mon 11-Fri 15 June

10:30, 11:45, 13:15

Booking is via Eventbrite

In this workshop students will discover what causes the appearance of the aurora in the skies above the Earth through the analysis of data collected on the International Space Station during Tim Peake’s mission. This hands-on and creative workshop will see students produce their own picture of the Earth or the Sun showing how the behaviour of one affects the other. Following on from the workshop students can carry out their own research project using the data from the International Space Station via the TimPix project from the Institute for Research in Schools, helping to improve our knowledge of the Earth-Sun relationship.

This workshop is suitable for BGE, National 4/5 Physics, Higher Physics and Advanced Higher. The content of the workshop will be amended to suit the group.

Curriculum links include: forces, radiation and particles.

We'll include a visit to Tim Peake's spacecraft as part of your visit to the museum. You can also book tickets for pupils aged 13+ to the Space Descent VR experience at a cost of £5 per pupil. If you are interested in this, please indicate on your booking form and we will come back to you with further details.

More information

You can find out more about the spacecraft and our family programme here.

The Institute for Research in Schools

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