In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the National Museum of Scotland offers an impressive selection of venues for a wide range of events, from intimate private dining and weddings to conferences and awards ceremonies.

Grand Gallery and Entrance Hall

Entrance Hall.

One of Scotland’s most beautiful venues, the Grand Gallery’s soaring glass atrium and sweeping staircases present a breath-taking backdrop for up to 1,500 guests. Housing some of the museums’ most dramatic objects, this versatile venue hosts inspiring events surrounded by history.

Directly beneath the Grand Gallery, the Entrance Hall’s vaulted ceilings and stone archways create a unique atmosphere for entertaining - the perfect setting for an elegant pre-dinner reception or post-dinner entertaining.

The Auditorium Complex

Lunch in the Event Space.

The Auditorium Complex provides comprehensive facilities for conferencing, presentations and performances. The 200 seat Auditorium boasts a full suite of audio visual equipment and hire includes exclusive use of the South Hall Gallery and Events Space, offering convenient spaces for breakout sessions, catering and exhibitions.

Find out more about meetings and conferences at National Museums Scotland and the Auditorium Complex’s Day Delegate Rates.

The Board and Bute Rooms

The Bute Room.

This suite of stunning private rooms is one of the museum’s most popular venues. Split across three levels, the Board and Bute Rooms can accommodate a wide range of events, from private dining and meetings, to workshops and weddings.

The circular Bute Room is a striking and flexible space suitable for almost any occasion. Directly above, the Boardroom boasts a beautiful burr maple central table and panoramic windows overlooking Edinburgh’s Old Town to the Castle. Finally, these spectacular rooms are crowned with a private roof terrace offering 360 degree views of our breath-taking city.

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Hawthornden Court and Kingdom of the Scots

Dinner in Hawthornden Court.

These magnificent, contemporary spaces present exciting possibilities for evening entertaining.

Hawthornden Court’s striking architecture presents a stylish backdrop for all manner of events. In contrast, the adjoining Kingdom of the Scots Gallery provides an ideal location for pre-dinner drinks or large receptions. Here guests have the unique opportunity to explore a fascinating period is Scotland’s past, with a glass of champagne in hand.

Early People gallery

Reception in Early People Gallery.
The Early People Gallery is an atmospheric space for receptions and small dinners. More than 5,000 treasures from Scotland’s ancient past and twelve striking bronze figures by the renowned sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi add a sense of theatre to this dramatic setting. 

The galleries

T.rex in Animal World gallery.
From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, the National Museum of Scotland’s galleries contain treasures from around the world. Through guided tours, exclusive access or a private view, our spectacular galleries provide further exciting opportunities in what is already one of Scotland’s most memorable venues.

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