Please note: Following the latest Scottish Government guidelines, the National War Museum is now closed until further notice. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, discover the impact of war on Scotland's history, identity and reputation abroad. We have made some changes to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. As the National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle, please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website (www.edinburghcastle.scot) to buy your tickets and plan a visit.
Over the last 400 years, many Scots have gone into battle, sometimes as paid forces for armies overseas. Why did Scots choose to spend their lives as soldiers, sailors or airmen? The lure of foreign travel, salary or a pension may have played a part. Trace developments in warfare as swords were replaced in the 18th century by guns and see how weapons evolved.
Relive the dark days of the World Wars through personal witness. This is the story of the regular Scot, the human aspect of war, told through personal letters and mementoes as much as military equipment.
The majority of the galleries at the National War Museum are now open, however some interactive displays and high-touch areas are temporarily closed for your safety.
The National War Museum shop is open, accepting card payments only.