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Schools visits to the National Museum of Flight

Located on the site of the UK’s best preserved Second World War airfield and with a collection of over 50 aircraft, the museum is a rich learning environment for pupils keen to find out about the World Wars, science and technology.

The museum is open 7 days a week April to October and during this time we offer both free self-guided visits and staff-led workshops (£100 per class). From November to March we are open on certain days for schools taking part in workshops.

What does a visit involve?  

A visit to the museum can be a unique, exciting experience for your pupils and can be used to explore a wide range of topics. 

Booking a self-guided visit provides you with:

  • Free entry to the museum 
  • Access to a range of resources you can use beforehand, or print and bring with to use during the day
  • Cloakroom and lunchroom space

Visiting to take part in a staff-led workshop has all these benefits with the addition of a topic focused workshop and a guide for your whole visit. Details about timings, directions, and risk assessments will be included in your booking confirmation. 

A visit to the National Museum of Flight

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Self-led visits

Book a free self-led visit for your class. Available April - October.

Self-led visits
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Workshops

Book a facilitated workshop for your class at the National Museum of Flight

Workshops

National Museum of Flight

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

Admission

Advance online booking

Members Free
Adult £13.50 £14.50 
Over 65s £11.50 £12.50
Concession £10.50 £11.50*
Child 5–15 £8.50 £9.50
Under 5s Free

National Museums Scotland Members free

*Concessions: students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

  • Book in advance to save
  • National Museums Scotland Members free
  • School visits are free; some workshop charges apply
  • Discounts available for pre-booked school and group visits and those travelling by bicycle
  • 15% off when you book as a family**
    **15% off when you buy up to three Child (5–15) tickets alongside up to any two Adult or Concession tickets, with a maximum of five tickets in total. Cannot be used in conjunction with National Museums Scotland Member tickets or any other discount or offer.

Opening times

Summer opening Apr-Oct
Open daily: 10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:00)

Winter opening Nov - Mar
Sat & Sun only: 10:00–16:00 (last entry 15:00)

Top tips for visiting the National Museum of Flight

Before you visit

Plan your visit in class using our museum map.

Supervision

Please be aware that pupils need to be supervised at all times when visiting the museum.

Resources

A range of different resources are available to use with your pupils to give  focus to your day.

Workshops

Discover our current workshops to suit your class

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During your visit

There is ample bus and coach parking on the museum site.

We have cloakroom space, but you should expect to carry your coats and bags for some of your visit.

You are able to book a space to eat your packed lunches in advance. 

The Education Centre and hangars are fully accessible, with the Military Aviation Hangar viewing platform accessible via a lift.

There are accessible toilets in the Education Centre and Fantastic Flight.

Boarding Concorde is only possible by 22 steps and is too narrow for wheelchairs inside.

You can also read our full accessibility information.

We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the general museum. If you wish to take a photo of a member of museum staff, please ask their permission before doing so. 

In addition, we may also wish to take photographs of you and your group. We will always discuss this with you in advance and will supply a photography permission form for you and your class to be completed prior to visiting.

There is a Museum Shop next to the Concorde Hangar open April-October and at other times by prior arrangement (please ensure there is a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children when in shop). 

There is a café next to the Concorde Hangar open April-October. Take-away tea/coffee/liquids are not permitted in the museum buildings.  

Ensure everyone attending, including adults, are aware of our guidelines including wearing a face mask. 

Please be aware that all our bookings will comply with Scottish Government guidelines and NHS Scotland Test and Protect.

You can download our guidelines for teachers to help you write your own risk assessment. Teachers can make a free pre-visit to carry out their own risk assessment. 

We ask that pupils visiting in school groups are accompanied at all times during their visit at a ratio of:

1 adult: 5 pupils (under the age of 5)

1 adult: 10 pupils (primary school pupils)

1 adult: 15 pupils (secondary school pupils)

Where pupils require support on a 1:1 ratio, this adult should be included over and above these ratios.

We ask that pupils visiting in school groups are accompanied at all times during their visit at a ratio of:

1 adult: 5 pupils (under the age of 5)

1 adult: 10 pupils (primary school pupils)

1 adult: 15 pupils (secondary school pupils)

Where pupils require support on a 1:1 ratio, this adult should be included over and above these ratios.

We will send you full safety guidelines with your booking confirmation. Please check them before your visit.

In addition, please read and follow any safety notices and instructions from Visitor Experience staff.

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Terms and conditions

For facilitated (charged) sessions: 

  • Scottish State schools (where appropriate) should raise a Purchase Order through their Local Authority procurement system for the maximum cost of charged sessions. 
  • Purchase Order numbers should be notified to schoolsnmof@nms.ac.uk at least seven days in advance of the visit. 
  • For sessions charged per pupil, schools will be charged for the number of pupils booked, unless 10 days advance notice of change in numbers is notified to schoolsnmof@nms.ac.uk.
  • National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations or no-shows. 
  • Bookings cancelled less than three weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events. 
  • Bookings cancelled less than two weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events. 
  • No-show or last-minute cancellations of free workshops or staff-led sessions may incur a £50.00 administration fee. 
  • In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the administration fee. 
  • Cancellations should be notified in writing to schoolsnmof@nms.ac.uk.

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