National War Museum Scotland

National War Museum Scotland
Edinburgh Castle




0300 123 6789

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Jacket of a private soldier of the 93rd (Highlands) regiment c. 1830 - 1855
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War and military service have touched the lives of countless Scots, leaving their mark on Scotland's history, image and reputation abroad. Here, in the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience.

The First World War affected millions of Scots, both at home and in service, and touched the lives of people of Scottish descent all over the world. Beginning with ‘Next of Kin’, our Centenary programme of exhibitions and events will share the Scottish memory of these world-changing events with national and international visitors.

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Opening hours

1 April – 30 Sept 09:45-17:45
1 Oct – 31 March 9:45-16:45
Closed 25 and 26 December
New Year's Day: 11:00-17:00

Admission charges

Entry to the museum is included in admission to Edinburgh Castle. Entry to Edinburgh Castle ranges from £9.60 to £16 (under 5s free). National Museums Scotland Members get 10% off adult admission on production of valid membership card.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Next of Kin

Next of Kin

  • 18 April 2014 — 28 March 2015 *on now

1914 brought war to Scotland on what would prove to be an unprecedented scale. The impact of the conflict would be felt in every part of the country through a range of experiences. Among these was the profound personal experience of separation and loss, an ordeal which Scottish families and communities went through in common with their counterparts among all the combatant nations.

Material preserved in the collections of National Museums Scotland reflects how families coped with the absence and loss of their loved ones, and kept objects as a way of remembering. Through a selection of these family treasures, the exhibition Next of Kin will present a portrait of Scotland at war, where the private lives of Scottish families will introduce some of the major themes and events of the conflict across the fighting fronts.

Following the exhibition at the National War Museum, this exhibition will tour eight venues in Scotland until 2017.

The exhibition is supported by the Culture Division, Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Entry to the National War Museum is free with admission to Edinburgh Castle.