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National War Museum

National War MuseumEdinburgh Castle
Telephone: 0131 247 4413


National War Museum offers a chance for curious minds of all ages to investigate the story of Scotland at War, within the grand and historic setting of Edinburgh Castle! Discover details of dramatic battles lost and won through their collections of military artefacts and the personal items of Scotland's infantry soldiers and support network.

Families and children are welcome at the museum and there is so much for you to see and learn about! Explore the region's military history through a range of vintage belongings including medals, weapons, uniforms, ceramics and silverware, insignia and equipment, and even decorations and paintings! Discover the heady details of world changing events, and in contrast, the everyday life of a humble Scottish serviceman.

Uncover fascinating documents like personal diaries and official memos, plus a range of photographs from official regimental pictures to telling private snaps. And don’t forget to say hello to Bob the Dog!

Learn about leadership and morale, victory and defeat, and what is was like to face the enemy (and even death!) in the museum’s extensive collection. There is of course potential for those giving it serious consideration to find it a bit upsetting, and rightfully so to an extent as war is terrible. However they deal with the grisly and worrying sides pretty lightly for such subject matter so with a bit of affectionate support most kids are fine with it, though you may well find the topic lingers after leaving.

Entry to the museum is included in the admission price for the castle. Also included is access to their special exhibits, which vary as the season rolls around. However from April all the way through into 2017 there's a large gallery detailing The Royal Regiment of Scotland and it's first decade of operations, so you've definitely got that to fall back on plus a few surprises too.

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It may be worth checking out National War Museum's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact National War Museum before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
1st April to 30th September: daily 9.45am to 5.45pm
1st October to 31st March: daily 9.45am to 4.45pm
Closed 25th and 26th December and New Year’s Day.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Entry is included in admission to Edinburgh Castle, which ranges from £9.60 to £16.


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National War MuseumEdinburgh Castle
Telephone: 0131 247 4413