Our Annual Review celebrates our achievements and sets out ambitions for the coming year.
Copper accelerator. Photo by Neil Hanna.

Transforming the National Museum

The museum's redevelopment continues apace with the next phase of the £80 million Masterplan in progress.

Find out more about the Masterplan

Moving planes at the National Museum of Flight

Taking flight

In the past year significant work has been undertaken to redevelop two historic hangars at the National Museum of Flight

Find out more about the new hangars

National Museums Collection Centre

National Museums Collection Centre

A new storage and research facility brings important collections together in one location for the first time.

Find out more about the Collection Centre

Annual Review visitor figures

Find out more about the Airshow and our schools programme here.

Image from the Victorian Photography, from the Howarth-Loomes collection

Inspiring exhibitions

This year, our wide-ranging exhibition programme has spanned fashion, photography and gaming, explored British-Indian relations and commemorated the First World War and battle of Waterloo. 

Find out more about our exhibitions

Gundestrup cauldron copyright The National Museum of Denmark

Broadening our reach

Making an impact beyond our walls is a fundamental element of our activities. We achieve this through partnerships and national projects, training, loans and touring exhibitions and an inspiring public programme of events. We also work to engage with those who do not normally visit our museums through our outreach work.

Annual Review collections figures

Using an iPad in the Grand Gallery

Going digital

An important element of our future focus is the digitisation of our collections. Our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr and our lively staff blog help us engage larger audiences in new ways. Free public wifi at the National Museum of Scotland has increased access to our online resources.

With thanks

We are extremely grateful to the many donors how have so generously contributed to National Museums Scotland this year. You can find out more about ways to get involved and support our work here.

Header image: A 1942 Rolls-Royce Merlin 73 aircraft engine is cleaned ahead of its redisplay in 2016 as part of a project to restore two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight. © Neil Hanna.

Central images: Copper accelerating cavity from Large Electron Positron collider at CERN © Neil Hanna; moving planes at the National Museum of Flight; new storage facilities at the National Museums Collection Centre © Neil Hanna; 1/4 plate tinted ambrotype, depicting a family portrait of a husband and wife and their two children, from the Howarth-Loomes collection at National Museums Scotland; the Gundestrup cauldron is one of the spectacular international loans to feature in the Celts exhibition © The National Museum of Denmark.

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