Scotland is enriched by amazing treasures and their stories. By donating today, you will ensure they are cherished and live on to delight and inspire people today and forever.

 Donate online now

You can make a secure donation online by credit or debit card by clicking below:

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As a registered charity, National Museums Scotland can claim Gift Aid on your donation if you are a UK taxpayer. Read more about Gift Aid here and complete the Gift Aid declaration to increase the value of your donation without paying a penny more.

Donate by phone

You can make a donation using your credit or debit card by calling 0131 247 4294.

Donate by cheque

Download the donation form or call 0131 247 4095 to arrange for a form to be sent to you.

Donate via Charities Aid Foundation

If you have a Charities Aid Foundation account, you can make a secure donation online via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website by searching for ‘National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust’.  Alternatively you can post a CAF cheque made payable to ‘National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust’ to: Development, National Museums Scotland, FREEPOST EH2842, Edinburgh, EH1 0AR.

Payroll giving

When you donate through the Give As You Earn scheme, your donation is taken from your pay before tax is deducted, which means you save and National Museums Scotland gains.

For example, suppose you agree to give £10 each month from your gross salary. This pledge will actually only cost you £8 (at the 20% basic rate of tax) or £6 (at the 40% rate of tax) yet the National Museums Scotland will still get the full £10, because HMRC will make up the difference.

If you would like to register with the Give As You Earn scheme, please follow these simple steps:

  • Check with your employer that they offer the payroll giving scheme to their staff.
  • Alternatively, search for your employer on the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) register or call their helpline on 03000 123 000 and they can check for you.
  • If your employer is not already contracted with this scheme, they can register for free by downloading an application pack from the CAF website or telephoning 03000 123 000.

Once your employer is contracted, all you need to do is complete a CAF Donor Instruction Form (available from the CAF website) and give it to your employer.

Overseas support

We are very grateful to all our overseas supporters for their generosity.

If you are a US citizen and would like to make a tax-deductible donation to National Museums Scotland, please contact Margaret Cliff McNulty, Head of Development:
Tel: 00 +44 (0) 131 247 4095

Alternatively, you can send your donation directly to:

The American Foundation for the National Museums Scotland
c/o GHS Philanthropy Management
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 401
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-812-4362

For all other overseas donations, please email for further information.

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid allows you to increase the value of your gift without paying a penny more by enabling us to reclaim tax that you have already paid at basic rate through UK income tax and/or capital gains tax. For every £1 you give, we can claim an additional 25p from HMRC. So, for example, if you donated £10, National Museums Scotland would receive an additional £2.50 from HMRC. 

Simply complete the Gift Aid declaration on the donation form or let us know when you donate over the phone.

Gift Aid Membership subscriptions and donations
You can also enable us to claim an additional 25p in every £1 on all your Membership subscriptions and donations. Just remember to complete the Gift Aid declaration on the Membership form.

Admission prices
Our admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation, which means we can reclaim the tax back on the whole amount paid, if you agree to National Museums Scotland reclaiming the tax paid on the admission. This means we will receive an additional 25p for every £1.

Further information
Please note that the amount you pay in UK income tax or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount National Museums Scotland claims on your donations in the tax year. If you would like to know more about Gift Aid, please contact our Development Team via email on or telephone 0131 247 4095.


legacy to the National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust can help to bring inspiration and pleasure to museum visitors for many years to come. It can also reduce or sometimes even eliminate liability to Inheritance Tax. To find out how you can leave a legacy to National Museums Scotland please contact Gill Blake, Development Manager, on telephone number 0131 247 4208 or email

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Become a Member

Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £41.

Become a Patron

We invite you to support our work by becoming a Patron. By maintaining your involvement on an annual basis you can help us provide support for vital activities such as special exhibitions, learning programmes, conservation and research projects.

Leave your legacy

Scotland is enriched by amazing treasures and their stories. Your legacy gift will ensure they are cherished, and live on to delight and inspire people today and forever.
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If you would like to know more, please contact our Development Team via email on or telephone 0131 247 4095.

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