Legacies Bring the past to life for future generations by leaving a gift in your will to National Museums Scotland. Throughout the history of National Museums Scotland, generous benefactors have helped our museums care for and enhance Scotland's national collections. Legacies - large and small - play a crucial role in continuing this tradition of support. Legacies help us improve and develop our museums for the nation. By choosing to remember National Museums Scotland in your will, you will be preserving Scotland's national collections for generations to come. Your legacy can help... Bring our museums to life for everyone: our busy programme of exhibitions, activities, events and outreach programmes offers something for everyone - from children and schools to adults and community groups. Strengthen our collections: many important objects of national significance have been acquired thanks to the generosity of individual benefactors. Care for our collections: our highly skilled conservators work alongside curators to preserve the collections and reveal the fascinating stories behind the objects. Develop important academic research: analytical research enables us to explore the condition of objects in our care and examine the materials used to create them. Fund long-term improvements to the buildings that house our collections: we need your help to achieve our ambitious plans for the future of our museums To find out more about leaving a gift in your will, to arrange an appointment to discuss your support in more detail, or to find out more about leaving a Gift in Memory of a loved one, please contact our Development Team on 0131 247 4339. Find out how previous legacies have helped us here. It's not your average hobby Sometimes a person leading a quiet life can reveal extraordinary accomplishments. This was certainly the case with Miss Crowford... Read more It's a funny feeling... It always comes as a pleasant surprise when, out of the blue, someone gifts a rare and significant object to our collection... Read more It was love at first sight For one of our dedicated volunteer guides at the National Museum of Scotland, the Borghese nécessaire is an object so extraordinary that it captured her heart! Read more It began with a teaspoon Although Dr Cecil Gibson lived in England for much of his life, he was eager that his vast silver collection be used for the benefit of his native Scotland after his death... Read more One of the Hopetoun sconces, made for Charles 1st Earl of Hopetoun 1698-1699. National Museums Scotland was able to purchase the sconces thanks to a legacy left by Cecil and Mary Gibson.