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Our stories live on in the objects we leave behind, objects that have the power to inspire people now and in the future. But without protection these objects and their stories can be lost forever.

You can support our work by making a donation today

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Here's how you can make a difference with a donation to National Museums Scotland:
Medals on display in the National War Museum

£5 buys a brush to conserve and preserve the most delicate of objects in our collection, such as medals presented to soldiers for gallantry in the First World War.

Two people having a cup of tea at a Museum Social event

£75 provides refreshments for one of our free Museum Social events, which offers a friendly space to learn and socialise for people living with dementia, their family, friends and care workers.

Magic Carpet session with young children

£100 provides a Magic Carpet Storytelling session for our young visitors at the National Museum of Scotland, inspiring creativity, learning and wonder at a young age.


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.

Other ways to support us

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 the American Foundation for National Museums Scotland on:
Tel: 212-812-4362

Alternatively, you can send your donation directly to:

The American Foundation for National Museums Scotland
31 West 34th Street
7th Floor #7010
New York NY 10001
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.

Gifts in wills

gift in your will 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 gift in your will to National Museums Scotland please contact Aimée Hooper, Development Manager, on telephone number 0131 247 4191 or email

Images © Sean Bell, Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and support the work of National Museums Scotland. Join us from just £43.

Become a Patron

Join as a Patron today and help us care for the remarkable objects in our collections and share their stories with the world.

Leave a gift in your will and help our stories live on

Each object in our collection has a story to tell. Your gift, no matter how small or large, will ensure they are told for generations to come.
Make a donation

If you would like to know more, please email or call 0131 247 4095.

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