National Museum of Scotland

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Key Facts

Chambers Street, Edinburgh
SatNav: Region:
EH1 1JF Scotland
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General No
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 3 Open

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The National Museum of Scotland comprises two buildings – the Museum of Scotland (1998) and the Royal Museum (1866 but renovated and reopened in 2011). The Royal Museum is a magnificent Victorian building which houses international collections of Decorative Arts, Science and Industry, Archaeology and the Natural World.
The ‘Connect‘ gallery focuses on Science and Technology, covering everything from rockets to Formula One cars. The exhibits on display include an autogyro, a British Black Knight rocket from the 1950s and a Gemini Towed Test Vehicle TTV-2. This a prototype of the Gemini space capsule, used by NASA to test the idea of paragliding descents onto land rather than splashing down into the sea.


The National Museum of Scotland is located on Chambers Street, a few minutes walk from Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Chambers Street links George IV Bridge and South Bridge.

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Opening Hours:

Open Monday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed Christmas Day, open 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.




Toilets, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Full access for the disabled.

Weir W-2 autogiro. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Autogyro front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Gemini space capsule. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Top view of Gemini capsule.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-ACVA Kay Gyroplane G-ACVA Complete Displayed
G-AXIG Scottish Aviation Bulldog 104 G-AXIG Complete Displayed
W-2 Weir W-2 autogiro BAPC.85 Complete Displayed

More Information

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JF. Tel: 0300 123 6789. e-mail: Official website


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  1. I remember being part a very small number of people who turned up to listen to an American astronaut circa 1965-66, when this capsule, or another very similar, was exhibited at the National Museum in Chambers Street.
    I remember him being a quiet-spoken, compact, deeply tanned man with very short hair. He was very polite, answered all our, probably stupid, questions and smiled all the time! Was it John Glenn?

  2. hello, i remember being somewhere in edinburgh in the 60s an seeing an american space capsule. it looked taller than the the gemini in the pictures or is this the same one??

  3. It was most likely the Apollo 10 command module “Charlie Brown”. this was flown around the moon early in 1969 by John Young, Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing later that year.
    I remember being taken to see it by my parents, i was about 7 years old at the time.
    It was in a glass case with mirrors below it so you could see the burns on the heat sheild. It is currently on display ( without a case) in the Science museum in London.

  4. Yes, John Glenn paid a visit to the museum on 3 June 1966. He was there during an exhibition which included the actual MR-3 spacecraft “Liberty Bell 7” flown by fellow astronaut Alan Shepard five years earlier (the exhibition opened on 13 May). The spacecraft was on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and had just finished a similar seven-month exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

  5. I was one of 4 School Kids to win a Competition to meet John Glenn in Person I was along with the others helped into Johns Capsule it was crammed with wires and information boards and claustrophobic. We had lunch and got a book signed by John Glen unfortunately it was lost during one of my many moves. I had the book for 27 Years it was well read and was in not bad Nick until the loss Ce Le Ger’ as the French say. Still no bad for a Wee toe-rag fi Misery Marischall Academy.

  6. Yep, Colonel John Glenn., saw him at the edinburgh museum (my second home as a school kid). I came onto this website having just watched the movie, Hidden Figures’

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