National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Andy Catlin WEB

The National Museum of Flight is flying high with new tours and activities this summer

Visitors can become Second World War codebreakers at the National Museum of Flight this summer. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, families will be transported back in time with new activities, tours and a wartime themed puzzle room on the Museum’s historic airfield.

It was essential that people working in the RAF during the Second World War had the ability to problem solve. The Museum’s new wartime Puzzle Room puts visitors to the test with puzzles and code breaking.

Free-to-borrow summer activity satchels will also be available for both adults and families. Adults will be challenged to become part of the Special Operations Executive, a secret organisation of agents who spied and sabotaged during the Second World War. Meanwhile, our family satchels will explore what life was like for young people to join the RAF and visitors will learn everything from marching to navigating.

Steve McLean, general manager at the National Museum of Flight, said:

"We have a range of exciting new tours and activities to get visitors involved this summer, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Visitors will be able to discover 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. There is something for everyone at the National Museum of Flight.”

An exciting new event arriving at the museum on 31 August is 360 Fest, a festival dedicated to all things circular. Cycle team, The Clan, will be on site with incredible stunts as well as an array of circus displays and hands-on activities from a hoolahoop workshop, plate spinning to learning about the science of spheres with STEM science activities.

The National Museum of Flight is home to a world class collection of aircraft, from a Supermarine Spitfire to Scotland’s only Concorde. The attraction houses the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits where visitors can explore the science of aviation and discover how airplanes fly. They are also able to learn more about East Fortune’s wartime heritage in the Museum’s Fortunes of War exhibition.   

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  1. The National Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF

Tel: 0300 123 6789

Members Free

Adult £13.50 £14.50

Over 65s £11.50 £12.50

Concession £10.50 £11.50*

Child 5–15 £8.50 £9.50

Under 5s Free

 Tickets can be booked online

Summer opening hours (Apr-Oct):

Open daily: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 6:00)

  1. 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. 

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  3. National Museums Scotland has received over £4 million in funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, awarded through Postcode Culture Trust.