As Scotland’s national museum service we engage across the nation and around the world, ensuring our collections, expertise and programmes make wide-reaching impacts beyond the walls of our museums.

Our work across Scotland delivers many outcomes: engagement with local communities, direct support for our sector, contributions to national economic and social prosperity, and enjoyable and enriching opportunities for all. Our Across Scotland: National Strategy 2016-2020 highlights the aspirations and priorities for this work. Beyond Scotland, international collaborations allow us to share knowledge, learn from others and make our treasures available to the widest possible audience. 

This short film highlights some of our national working in 2018/19 with further details available in our annual National Programme report.

Sharing collections

Loans and touring exhibitions ensure our collections reach as many people as possible.

National projects

We are always working with other Scottish museums on partnership projects that can raise the profile of long-term preservation and engagement with collections nationally.

Supporting our sector

We offer advice and support to museums across Scotland, enhancing and developing collections subject expertise through training, targeted projects and partnerships.

National Programme 2021 - 2025

From November 2019 we will begin consultation on our next National Programme (2021 - 2025). We would very much like to hear from colleagues, partners and funders on what National Museums Scotland's future work across Scotland should focus on.

Our international work

Our work has an impact across the world. Our international programme and partnerships aim to widen engagement and knowledge of the nation's collection for everyone.
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Our museums are now open!

We have started to welcome visitors back to our four museums with new safety measures and online timed ticketing. 

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