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National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
The National Museum of Flight is Scotland's national aviation museum at East Fortune Airfield, just south of the village of East Fortune, in East Lothian. It is one of the museums within National Museums Scotland. The museum is housed in the original wartime buildings of RAF East Fortune which is one of the best preserved wartime airfields in the UK. As a result of this the entire site is a scheduled ancient monument with no permanent structures added by the museum. The hangars, control tower and stores were designated as Category B listed buildings by Historic Scotland, but this designation was removed in 2013 as they were already covered by the stricter scheduling.The museum received 104,240 visitors in 2006.
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  • Spent a rainy day at the museum of flight. Very interesting . I liked the Concorde experience the most it was great to be able to go inside and see how small it is as that's what everyone always says ...  read more »
  • We have been visiting this place for the last 16 years and it just gets better and better. Great value day out and the food in the cafe is brilliant. The displays are well laid out and the information...  read more »
  • I've visited this museum numerous times before and I thought it was great. However I returned to the museum shortly after the refurbishment and I must say it's signifanctly improved. The displays are ...  read more »
  • Great museum hidden away in the countryside. The airfield itself dates back to the First World War so the history of the place is interesting enough by itself. Add to that 4 fantastic hangars - Concorde, Military aviation, Civil aviation and a Restoration hangar - and a couple of other interactive exhibits, and there's plenty to see. I could easily spend the whole day but the place isn't enormous so you can get through it in an hour or so if you just glance at everything. There are a few big aircraft outside you can get inside most days, but they're occasionally locked up. The main attraction is of course Concorde, which can be seen in all its glory with most of the first hangar dedicated to it. There's also an audio tour at no extra cost, which is well worth doing. The rest of the hangars are filled with aircraft from every era. While the hangars are only a minute's walk apart, there's a shuttle bus for those less mobile - or if it's raining! The smaller exhibits break up the tedium if you're not into aircraft so much - lots of historical items from the airfield's past, and a lot of WWII memorabilia. There's an excellent interactive exhibit which kids will love, but they do a good job of dotting smaller interactive bits and pieces around in other sections too, so the little ones shouldn't get bored! Foodwise there's a small cafĂ© which serves good food, albeit at prices you might expect in a museum. Plenty of outdoor seating for picnics though!
  • This museum has the best gift shop that I have ever been to mainly because of its huge selection of model aircraft, toys, books and even aircraft themed stationary. The staff were also extremely kind and helpful. The interactive section of the museum outclasses many other flight museums that I have been to, even the larger ones. Overall this museum is a great place for all the family even for those that are not particularly interested in aircraft.
  • Came here for the airshow last year. Fantastic day out lots to see and do. Great for families lots for the kids to do and very educational
  • Fantastic displays includes Concorde and kids love all the amazing toys that explain how planes work in a really fun way
  • That's a history classic, a must for all the technology geek, not just about airplanes! Lovely range of civil and war ones, cool interactive area for the youngest too! As usual not the best choice of vegan food!
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