Plan your visit

Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Flight when we reopen from 5 August 2020.

Information for your visit

The National Museum of Flight will reopen from 5 August 2020. Here you can find important information to help you plan your visit.

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Book online in advance

Timed entry has been introduced to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. Please book a timed entry ticket online in advance of your visit. This includes National Museums Scotland Members.

Please note that the National Museum of Flight will be free to enter from 5–16 August 2020 with advance online booking. Hangar 4 (The Concorde Experience) and the Parachute Store will be open initially along with the historic airfield for you to enjoy. Hangar 2 and 3 will open from 17 August.

Find out more about booking

Book tickets for 5-16 August (via Eventbrite)

Book tickets for 17 August onwards (via Eventbrite)

Visiting safely

A range of new safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

This includes pre-booked timed entry, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas of the museum where physical distancing is not possible.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:

Please keep your distance from others (2m). Follow the directional signage.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Please note card payments only.
Wash your hands often. Any questions? Our Visitor Experience team will be delighted to help.

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Information for your visit

Face coverings

Face covering must be worn in our shops.

 

You are encouraged to wear face coverings in our other indoor spaces, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.

Whats open?

As we begin to welcome visitors back to the museum, the reopening of the site will be phased, with parts of the museum including Hangar 4, The Concorde Experience and the Parachute Store opening first. Hangars 2 and 3 will reopen from 17 August.

 

We have developed a new visitor map to show which parts of the museum will be open and what new activities can be enjoyed during your visit, as well as a new family trail.

 

Some interactive displays will be temporarily closed for your safety, and the Concorde audio guide will also be temporarily unavailable.

Food and drink

The Aviator Café will be open, with indoor and outdoor seating areas. Please note we are accepting card payments only.

 

National Museums Scotland Members receive a 20% discount in the café.

 

You are welcome to bring your own picnic to eat in our outdoor picnic area. Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly in the bins provided. Barbecues and gas stoves are not permitted.

Museum shop

The museum shop will be open, accepting card payments only. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn in our shops.

 

National Museums Scotland Members receive a 10% discount on all shop purchases.

Boarding outside aircraft

Please note the BAC1-11 and Comet 4c aircraft are temporarily unavailable for boarding. However, you can board Concorde, and more aircraft will be opened at each stage of the museum’s phased reopening.

Assault course

The outdoor Assault Course will be open with clear guidance on how the equipment should be used and with hand sanitiser . We ask that children under 12 be supervised by one adult per household when using the Assault Course.

Visiting with children

Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Flight.

 

  • Trained first aiders are always on duty and a policy is in place if children become separated from their party.
  • Baby changing facilities are available in the Concorde hanger.
  • There is an outdoor picnic area, popular with families of all ages.
  • Please note that we are currently unable to store buggies and pushchairs, and the lockers are temporarily unavailable.

School and group visits

We are unfortunately unable to accommodate school and large group visits. Small groups of up to six people can visit the museum by booking timed entry tickets in advance and arriving for entry at the same time.

 

For the safety of our visitors and staff, no birthday parties will be offered during this period.

Visiting with dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and on the outdoor site.

 

Non-assistance dogs are welcome and allowed outdoors on the site as long as they are kept on a lead at all times. Please note, dogs are not allowed inside the hangar spaces.

 

Read the outdoor access code for dog walking.

Photography policy

Everyone is welcome to take photographs, including flash photography, in the hangars and galleries and around the outdoor site. Please note, photography restrictions may be in place around special exhibitions or displays. 

 

No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to take use additional photography equipment on site (e.g. a tripod) should contact the information desk to obtain a photopass.

 

All photographers wishing to take photographs for commercial use are asked to contact Maggie Wilson in our Picture Library prior to visiting (tel. 0131 247 4026 or email m.wilson@nms.ac.uk).

Security

We want all our visitors and staff to be safe at the National Museum of Flight. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience team. You can also help us keep the museum safe by reporting anything that looks out of place or suspicious to our Visitor Experience Assistants.

Facilities

  • Toilets

    Toilets are available throughout the site.

  • Baby changing

    Baby changing facilities are available in the Concorde hangar.

  • Access

    The site is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge.

  • Café

    The Aviator Café is open daily from 10:00–17:00. Please note we are accepting card payments only.

  • Picnic area

    There is a picnic area on the airfield.

  • Dogs

    Dogs are permitted in outdoor areas but must be kept on a lead.

  • Assistance dogs

    Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and outdoors.

  • Parking

    Parking at the museum is free, although there may be a charge during special events.

  • Information

    Our information desk can be found in the museum shop.

  • Shop

    The museum shop sells a range of aviation-themed gifts and books. Please note we are accepting card payments only.

  • Contactless payment

    Please note we are accepting card payments only.

Museum Map

Plan your visit to the National Museum of Flight with our maps to view online or print at home.

View and download the Map
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Second World War trail

Discover the history of this fascinating airfield with our Second World War-themed family trail, bringing the stories of the museum's historic site to life.

View the trail

National Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF
Tel: 0300 123 6789

Admission

Advance online booking required

 

National Museums Scotland Members free
Adult 
£12.50
Concession £10.50*
Child (5-15) £7.50 (under 5 free) 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £33

  • *Concessions: Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people (Carers of disabled people go free)
  • All tickets include a discretionary donation
  • Extra charges for some events
  • School visits are free; some workshop charges apply
  • Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle

Opening times

From 5 August 2020, open daily 10:00–17:00

Advance online booking required

How to get here

By bus

There is a bus drop off and pick up point within the grounds of the museum itself. The 121 service runs between Haddington and North Berwick via the National Museum of Flight on Monday to Sunday from 1 April to 30 September.

 

A regular bus service runs from Edinburgh to North Berwick and an express bus service runs from Edinburgh to Haddington.

 

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By train

Scotrail runs regular services from Edinburgh to North Berwick. 

 

Get directions from Google Maps.

By bike

Free bicycle parking: There is a secure cycle rack available to park your bike.

 

From Edinburgh: Travelling east out of Edinburgh, take Cycle Route 76 for approx 23 miles to Haddington. Continue on Route 76 from Haddington, turn left towards A199, next turn right onto A199. After approximately 2.5 miles, turn left onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.

 

From the south: Pick up Cycle Route 76, following the A199 from East Linton. After approximately 6 miles, turn right onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.

 

10% bicycle discount: The National Museum of Flight is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and supports sustainable tourism. On presentation of your cycle helmet at the ticket desk, receive 10% discount on one adult, concession or child admission. For validity on Family tickets, all family members must have travelled by bicycle. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid during special events.

 

Get directions from Google Maps.

By car

Parking at the museum is free, although there may be a charge during special events.

 

  • From Edinburgh: follow the A1 south exit at Abbotsview Junction. Take third exit from roundabout onto A199 for East Linton. After approximately 2.5 miles, turn left onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.
  • From the south: follow the A1 north to Thistlycross Roundabout. Take second exit to East Linton. At Beltonford Roundabout take second exit onto A199 for East Linton. After approximately 6 miles, turn right onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.

 

Get directions from Google Maps.

Accessibility

We want everyone who comes to the National Museum of Flight to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. We've compiled all our accessibility information in one place.

Accessibility
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As a charity, we rely on your donations to protect our historic aircraft. Please donate today to support our work.

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Find out more about reopening