Postponed Exhibition National War Museum

Legacies of Empire

3 Apr 2020 - 4 Apr 2021


Legacies of Empire examines the stories of objects brought back from colonial conflict by the military forces of the British Empire.


Entry to the museum and exhibition is free. Historic Environment Scotland charges for admission to Edinburgh Castle where the National War Museum is located.

The exhibition explores the varied and dramatic stories behind the acquisition of a selection of remarkable objects, whether taken in the aftermath of victory, preserved as relics and memorials, received as diplomatic gifts, and collected or purchased by officers stationed overseas.

Legacies of Empire showcases the findings of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project which is helping to shed new light on collections arising from British military campaigns in Africa and India between 1750–1900, held by UK military museums. 

Getting here

National War Museum
Edinburgh Castle


Map and directions


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


  • An adapted courtesy vehicle is available at the Castle's admissions kiosk to take visitors with mobility difficulties, including wheelchair users, to the Museum and other parts of the Castle.
  • The Museum itself has a level entrance and wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge.
  • There is a public lift between the two floors and seating is available throughout.
  • Adapted toilets are also available.


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