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Visiting our museums

Discover the latest information about visiting our museums

Our museums are open

In line with the updated Scottish Government guidelines, you no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit the National Museum of Scotland.

Find out more about visiting the National Museum of Scotland.

Book tickets in advance for the National Museum of Rural Life and the National Museum of Flight.

Advanced booking gives you a faster entry to these sites.

National Museum of Scotland

Opening hours:

Open daily, 10:00–17:00.

Free entry

In line with the updated Scottish Government guidelines, you no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit the National Museum of Scotland.

Plan your visit
National Museum of Flight

Opening hours:

Open daily 10:00–17:00.

Tickets:

Please book a timed entry ticket online in advance of your visit. This includes National Museums Scotland Members.

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National Museum of Rural Life

Opening hours:

Open daily 10:00–17:00.

Tickets:

Please book a timed entry ticket online in advance of your visit. This includes National Museums Scotland Members, National Museum of Rural Life Annual Pass holders and National Trust for Scotland Members.

Book now
National War Museum

Opening hours:

Open daily 09:45–17:45

Tickets:

Advance online booking required via the Edinburgh Castle website.

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

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Visiting safely

A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.

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

Please keep your distance from others.  Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 12 years old.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Please note card payments only.
Wash your hands often.    

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

We're Good to Go

We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means that National Museums Scotland has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing.

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Thank you.

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