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

  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Grand Gallery

    Grand Gallery
  • Entrance to the National Museum of Scotland

    Entrance to the National Museum of Scotland
  • Entrance Hall

    Entrance Hall
  • Reception in the Entrance Hall

    Reception in the 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

  • Auditorium

    Auditorium
  • Auditorium

    Auditorium
  • Close up of red chairs in the Auditorium

    Close up of red chairs in the Auditorium
  • South Hall, outside the Auditorium

    South Hall, outside the Auditorium
  • Lunch in the Events Space outside the Auditorium

    Lunch in the Events Space outside the Auditorium
  • Coffee in the Events Space outside the Auditorium

    Coffee in the Events Space outside the Auditorium


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

  • Board Room Meeting

    Board Room Meeting
  • Board Room breakout

    Board Room breakout
  • Board Room cabaret

    Board Room cabaret
  • Bute Room theatre

    Bute Room theatre
  • Bute Room breakout

    Bute Room breakout
  • Tower Entrance

    Tower Entrance
  • Bute Room dinner

    Bute Room dinner
  • Piper on the roof terrace

    Piper on the roof terrace


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.

Learn more about meetings in the Board and Bute Rooms.

Hawthornden Court and Kingdom of the Scots

  • Drinks reception in Hawthornden Court

    Drinks reception in Hawthornden Court
  • Kingdom of the Scots

    Kingdom of the Scots
  • Kingdom of the Scots

    Kingdom of the Scots
  • Hawthornden Court

    Hawthornden Court
  • Hawthornden Court Reception

    Hawthornden Court Reception


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

  • Early People gallery

    Early People gallery
  • Dinner and entertainment in the Early People gallery

    Dinner and entertainment in the Early People gallery
  • Early People Gallery

    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. 

  • Animal World gallery

    Animal World gallery
  • Earth in Space gallery

    Earth in Space gallery
  • Discoveries gallery

    Discoveries gallery
  • Traditions in Sculpture gallery

    Traditions in Sculpture gallery
  • Dolly the sheep

    Dolly the sheep
  • Dolly the sheep

    Dolly the sheep
  • Explore gallery

    Explore gallery
  • The Millennium Clock Tower

    The Millennium Clock Tower
  • Lighthouse lens

    Lighthouse lens
  • The replica tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots

    The replica tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Lewis chess pieces

    The Lewis chess pieces

The Galleries

The Galleries

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

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