Exterior view of the National War Museum

National War Museum

Letters home from foreign campaigns, Highland broadswords and chemical warfare suits are some of the fascinating items in the Scottish National War Museum.

The large collection boasts many artefacts used by the Scottish forces over the centuries. Paintings on display include Robert Gibb’s famous The Thin Red Line. There is also a research library.

National Museums Scotland now runs the museum, which opened in 1933. Its home is a former storehouse for ordnance that was built in the 1700s and later used as a military hospital.

Located in Hospital Square, the museum can be accessed by heading past the Redcoat Café on the right and heading straight down the hill and through the archway directly ahead.