We’re reopening our museums

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back!

Welcome back

We’re delighted to announce the reopening dates for our museums:

Book online in advance

Timed entry has been introduced for each museum 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.

See below for more information about booking timed entry tickets at each museum.

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.

Face coverings

Face coverings 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.

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.

National Museum of Flight

Reopens from:

5 August 2020

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.

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 then open from 17 August.

Book tickets for 5-16 August (via Eventbrite) >

Book tickets for 17 August onwards (via Eventbrite) >

Plan your visit to National Museum of Flight >

Read the Reopening FAQs >

Book your tickets
National Museum of Rural Life

Reopens from:

12 August 2020

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.

Priority booking for National Museums Scotland Members will open at 10:00 on 5 August 2020. Become a Member today to receive a pre-release code to secure your tickets.

General release tickets will be available from 10:00 on 7 August 2020.

Plan your visit to National Museum of Rural Life >

Read the Reopening FAQs >

Find out more about booking
National Museum of Scotland

Reopens from:

19 August 2020

Opening hours:

Open daily, with new temporary opening hours of 10:30–16:30

Free tickets:

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

Priority booking for National Museums Scotland Members will open at 10:00 on 12 August 2020. Become a Member today to receive a pre-release code to secure your tickets.

General release tickets will be available from 10:00 on 14 August 2020.

Plan your visit to National Museum of Scotland >

Read the Reopening FAQs >

Find out more about booking
National War Museum

Reopening details for the National War Museum will be confirmed soon. We are working with colleagues at Historic Environment Scotland to determine the best date for reopening the museum in line with the other internal spaces at Edinburgh Castle.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

Find out more about reopening