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Coronavirus update – January 2021

To our Members, thank you for your continued support and loyalty. During such uncertain times, it means so much to all of us here.  

We look forward to continuing to share our stories with you, wherever you are, through our upcoming programme of online Member events, monthly Member e-news and our supporters’ magazine, Explorer.  

We will also continue to process Membership payments as normal.  The support you give us through your Membership is an essential lifeline to the financial recovery of our museums. It enables us to protect our collections and ensure that they are available for you, and for people from all over the world, to enjoy for generations to come – thank you. 

Whilst our museums are closed the Membership Team are continuing to work from home. If you have any questions about your Membership please email and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

We hope to welcome you back to the museums before too long. 

Benefits of Membership

Become a Member today and help protect remarkable objects and be the first to hear about the stories they hold. 

  • Free access to the National Museum of Scotland 
  • Free access to the National Museum of Flight
  • Free access to the National Museum of Rural Life
  • Unlimited free entry to our world class exhibitions
  • Behind the scenes news and in-depth articles in your Member magazine Explorer
  • Invitations to exclusive Member experiences throughout the year
  • Free or discounted entry to our fantastic programme events 

You will also get: 

  • 20% discount in our cafes 
  • 10% discount in our museum shops and online 
  • 10% off entry to Edinburgh Castle for the National War Museum 

Choose to pay by Direct Debit and you’ll receive 15 months for the price of 12 in your first year! 

Types of Membership

Membership Cost


£64 by Direct Debit or £71 by card/cheque

2 adults and 3 children under the age of 16 or 1 adult and 4 children; cards issued for the adults only. Under 5s go free at National Museum of Flight, National Museum of Rural Life and National War Museum.

Joint or Guest:

£53 by Direct Debit or £59 by card/cheque           

Joint Membership is for two named friend or family members to visit together or separately, each with their own card or Guest Membership for a named individual to bring along any guest.


£43 by Direct Debit or £46 by card/cheque

For the named individual on the Membership card.

Full-time Student:

£33 by Direct Debit or £36 by card/cheque

For the named individual on the Membership card.  Please include a copy of your student identification with application.

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Join in person

You can join in person at our information or ticket desks the next time you visit any of our museums. You can pay by direct debit, by credit/debit card or by cheque.

Join by post

To join by post and pay by cheque or Direct Debit, download a Membership application form here and return it to:

National Museums Scotland

Join by phone

To join by phone and pay with a credit/debit card or by Direct Debit, please call 0131 247 4294.

Further information

To receive a hard copy of our application form or to find out more information, please email or call 0131 247 4294.

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Member events and offers

Find out about upcoming talks, lectures, online events and experiences, and special offers for National Museums Scotland Members.

Renew your Membership

As a Member of National Museums Scotland you will be invited to renew your subscription each year around a month before it expires.

Contact us and Membership FAQs

Everything you need to know about Member benefits, becoming a Member, renewing or changing your Membership and gift Membership.
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National Museums Scotland
Freepost EH2842

Tel: 0131 247 4294

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