National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Ruth Armstrong 01 (1)

Enjoy free entry to the National Museum of Flight as The National Lottery Open Week returns for Spring 2024

As a recipient of National Lottery funding, the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is inviting players to visit for free on 16 and 17 March.

A selection of press images is available here. 


This March, The National Lottery, in its 30th year, will once again be saying thank you to players for the £30 million they raise for good causes every week with National Lottery Open Week. The focus this year is on encouraging the nation to try something new, by offering an array of free entry and special offers at hundreds of National Lottery funded venues across the UK. 


From Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 March 2024, anyone with a valid online or retail National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game can enjoy a low-cost day out thanks to special offers at hundreds of National Lottery-funded venues and attractions.  

There is something to excite everyone this year. Whether you fancy delving into the past at historical houses, castles and museums, embracing nature in all its glory at wildlife hotspots reliving iconic moments at famous sports venues or enjoying a culture fix at an array of art galleries, theatres and other creative spaces. 


On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March the National Museum of Flight is offering free entry to National Lottery players. Visitors to the Museum must book a ticket online in advance of their visit and bring along both their admission ticket and lottery ticket or scratch card.  


Steve McLean, General Manager at the National Museum of Flight said:  


“We’re delighted to be taking part in The National Lottery Open Week again this year. We’ve been fortunate to receive National Lottery funding, which has enabled us to redevelop two of our Second World War hangars. These spaces tell the stories of military and civil aviation, from the first use of air-to-air weapons in 1914 and drone warfare in the 21st century, to flying for fun and connecting distant communities. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity say thank you to everyone who has supported us by buying a National Lottery ticket and we’re looking forward to welcoming them at the National Museum of Flight.” 


To view all venues and offers that are available throughout The National Lottery Open Week, visit  


Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and Chair of the National Lottery Forum said:  


In our 30th year, we’re delighted to mark the return of The National Lottery Open Week 2024. The UK is brimming with exciting things to see and do – from historical landmarks and cultural treasures to sports venues and natural landscapes. We want players to get out and experience something new by taking advantage of the low-cost and free days out at venues across the country during National Lottery Open Week. This is our way of saying thank you to the players who raise an incredible £30 million each week for Good Causes, supporting venues and projects across the arts, sports, community and heritage sectors.” 



Terms and conditions and booking instructions across special offers will vary, check the individual offer listing for details.  



Notes to editors

1. About the National Museum of Flight   


Located on the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is home to a world-class collection of aircraft, from a Supermarine Spitfire to Concorde. It explores the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day through interactive galleries, supersonic experiences and historic hangars.   


East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF  
Tel: 0300 123 6789    

Tickets can be booked online  

Winter opening hours:  
Nov – Mar, open weekends only, Sat & Sun: 10:00 - 16:00, last entry 15:00  


2. About National Museums Scotland  

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display. 


Twitter: @NtlMuseumsScot  


Instagram: @NationalMuseumsScotland 


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3. About The National Lottery  

  • The National Lottery raises more than £30 million for Good Causes every week and includes the funding of many iconic venues, historical landmarks and other amazing days out across the UK 
  • Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £48 billion has been raised for Good Causes, with 685,000 individual grants being awarded in the areas of arts, sport, community and heritage. 
  • For more information, please visit   

Please contact for wider information on the National Lottery Open Week campaign. 

*Subject to availability. One voucher per person. 18+ only. See for full terms and conditions.