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National War Museum

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

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Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

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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Getting There and Contact Information


Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 2NG, Scotland


Click here to visit National War Museum's website
0131 247 4413

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:45 - 16:45. Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st January


From £9.60


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Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland


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