The National Museum of Flight. Photo © Ruth Armstrong WEB

Visit the National Museum of Flight for free this weekend

Visitors to the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian will be able to enjoy one of Scotland’s best days out for free this weekend. The museum is part of the Doors Open Days programme on the 24 and 25 of September. 

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The National Museum of Flight is located on the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield and includes two historic wartime aircraft hangars which are packed with exciting displays telling the stories of military and civil aviation over the past century. 

The Museum is home to Scotland’s only Concorde and visitors can see an example of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire that played such an important role in the Second World War. The attraction houses the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits where visitors can explore the science of aviation and discover how aeroplanes fly. They are also able to learn about East Fortune’s wartime heritage in the Museum’s Fortunes of War exhibition. 

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

“We’re delighted to open the National Museum of Flight for free this weekend. Doors Open Days offer a fantastic opportunity to discover some of Scotland's finest heritage sites and hidden historic treasures, and we hope visitors old and new will enjoy exploring everything we have to offer in East Lothian.” 

Doors Open Days is part of European Heritage Days and is supported by Historic Environment Scotland. The popular festival, which offers free access to buildings and events across Scotland, will return to Edinburgh and East Lothian on 24 and 25 September with an in-person and online programme.  


Advance booking at the National Museum of Flight over the Doors Open Days weekend is recommended. Find more information and to book your visit online at 

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. 

The National Museum of Flight is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm.  
General Admission: Adult (16+) £12.50, Conc £10.50, Child (5-15) £7.50, (under 5’s free).  
Family ticket £33 (2 adults and 2 children).  
National Museums Scotland members free.  
Find more information and book tickets online at


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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