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. Be inspired by history or explore technology through our aircraft, collections and the stories of the people connected to them.
Preparing for your visit
What options are available for a visit?
Schools can choose to visit the museum as:
- A self-guided visit
- A workshop led by museum staff.
Please select your preferred option when completing the booking request form.
What can my class see and do on a visit to the National Museum of Flight
- 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.
- 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 museum staff - full details can be found in the schools programmes.
- The chance to get up close to our amazing aircraft.
- Most of our aircraft have touch screen displays sharing the stories of the people who designed, built and flew them.
- Our assault course is perfect to let off some steam during your lunch break or after a workshop.
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 £75 per class, unless otherwise stated. Maximum class size is 33 students.
Your school will be invoiced after your visit.
Do you run sessions or activities for pupils?
How long do sessions 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 to visit the rest of the museum before or after the workshop?
- 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?
During your visit
Is there parking for our bus or minibus?
There is dedicated, free coach parking on-site.
Is there a space to leave our bags and coats?
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 fully accessible?
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).
Risk assessments, guidelines and cancellations
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 email@example.com to find out more.
Do you have safety guidelines?
We ask that pupils visiting in school groups are accompanied at all times during their visit at a ratio of:
1 adult: 5 pupils (under the age of 5)
1 adult: 10 pupils (primary school pupils)
1 adult: 15 pupils (secondary school pupils)
Where pupils require support on a 1:1 ratio, this adult should be included over and above these ratios.
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.
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 or no-shows.
- Bookings cancelled less than three weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events.
- Bookings cancelled less than two weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events.
- No-show or last-minute cancellations of free workshops or staff-led sessions may incur a £50.00 administration fee.
- In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the administration fee.
- Cancellations should be notified in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.