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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.

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National War Museum

Opening hours:

Open daily 09:45–16:45

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 such as enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.

From Monday 18 April, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings but we still strongly recommend that visitors wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.

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

Please keep your distance from others.  We recommend wearing face coverings in our indoor spaces.
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.

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Support us

Our museums need your support to protect the objects in our care and bring their stories to life. Please donate today.

Thank you.

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