Visiting our museums

Discover the latest information about visiting our museums

Our museums have reopened

We are delighted that our museums are now open. We can't wait to welcome you back for a safe and enjoyable visit!  

Tickets are now available to book. Please follow the booking links below.  

National Museum of Scotland

Opening hours:

Open daily, with new temporary opening hours of 10:00–16:30.

Free tickets:

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

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

This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, 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. Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 5 years old.

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

The Physical Distance Based Capacity (PDBC) for our sites based on Scottish Government guidelines are as follows:

  • National Museum of Scotland: 3382
  • National Museum of Flight: 1189
  • National Museum of Rural Life: 479
  • National War Museum: 117

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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