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Members' Preview Day: Cold War Scotland

12 Jul 2024
10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3 

Free, booking required

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A black and white photo of a person holding a flag who is standing on a submarine which is at the surface of a loch.

© Polaris Demonstration at Holy Loch, 3rd Feb 1961 Image Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo.

© Polaris Demonstration at Holy Loch, 3rd Feb 1961 Image Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo.

We are delighted to invite National Museums Scotland Members and Patrons to an exclusive Preview Day of Cold War Scotland before the exhibition opens to the public.

Scotland’s unique combination of geography and topography placed it at the centre of the Cold War as a military base, listening station, training ground, and research facility. Scots took active roles as soldiers, within intelligence services or in one of the voluntary civil defence services.  Discover how the Cold War impacted and influenced Scottish lives, politics, landscapes and technologies in this free exhibition. 

Model of a minature power station in red and metalics.

Steam powered nuclear power station toy, by Wilhelm Schroder and Co., 1965 Image © National Museums Scotland

About the event

Please register in advance for this event.

We will also be able to accommodate walk-ups on the day.

Just show your valid Membership or Patron card at the exhibition entrance. Tickets are available to Members and Patrons only. Last entry is at 16:30.

There will be a queueing system in place at the exhibition entrance and our Visitor Experience team will ensure that you can enter the exhibition as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have any queries about this event please contact

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Plan your visit

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.

Plan your visit


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

Find out more about our access information. If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at

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