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National Museum of Scotland

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.
Our night at National Museum was fabulous. Our International guests were wined and dined in the unique setting of the Early People gallery by the dedicated team at the museum and Wild Thyme… with the spectacular sound of pipers in the grand gallery to end a truly memorable evening.
- A dinner for 40 guests
  • Chambers Street entrance to the National Museum of Scotland.

    Chambers Street entrance to the National Museum of Scotland.

  • A large dinner event at the National Museum of Scotland.

    A large dinner event at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Grand Gallery set up in banquet style at the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Grand Gallery set up in banquet style at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Animal World gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Animal World gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Explore gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Explore gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • Hawthornden Court at the National Museum of Scotland.

    Hawthornden Court at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Early People gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

    The Early People gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

  • The Board Room at the National Museum of Scotland with views of Edinburgh Castle.

    The Board Room at the National Museum of Scotland with views of Edinburgh Castle.

  • The Auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland which seats up to 210 people.

    The Auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland which seats up to 210 people.

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Grand Gallery and 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

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

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

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

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

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 can provide an exciting addition to your event.

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