Museums in Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street,




Opening Times

Daily 10:00 -17:00


You can explore life, the universe and everything in it. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade.


This famous museum in the heart of Scotland's capital city is actually two buildings. The collections in the landmark Museum of Scotland building tell you the story of Scotland its land, its people and culture. The Royal Museum building, with its magnificent glass ceiling, houses international collections covering nature to art, culture to science.



National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle,




Opening Times

Daily 09:45 - 17:45 (April to October); 09:45 - 16.45 (November to March)


Located at Edinburgh Castle, explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience. Uncover stories of courage and determination, victory and defeat, heroics and heartbreak.



Museum of Childhood

42 High Street, Royal Mile,




Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm


The Museum of Childhood opened in 1955 and is a favourite with adults and children alike. It was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.



The Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate, Royal Mile,




Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm


The Museum of Edinburgh is home to important collections relating to the history of Edinburgh, from prehistoric times to the present day.


One of the museum's great treasures is the National Covenant, signed by Scotland's presbyterian leadership in 1638, while the collections of Scottish pottery and items relating to Field Marshal Earl Haig are of national importance.



National Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield

East Lothian,

EH39 5LF


Opening Times

Open weekends from Nov - March from 10:00 - 16:00


East Fortune played an important role as an airfield during two World Wars. Now the National Museum of Flight hangars are packed with aircraft that reveal how flight developed from the Wright brothers to Concorde.