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Our museums were founded by people who wanted to inspire us all through remarkable collections that help to share Scotland’s stories with the world and the world’s stories with the people of Scotland.

Family in the Imagine gallery at National Museum of Scotland

Our stories live on in the objects we have touched. Through them, we see, hear and feel forgotten experiences, discover how the past has shaped us and how we shape our world today. The stories we uncover connect us and inspire us to make a better future. 

Whether you enjoy regular visits to our museums, have fond memories of a childhood spent exploring Scotland’s collections or are simply passionate about the power of museums to inspire, a gift in your will, no matter how small or large, will help to preserve Scotland's national collections for generations to come. 

After you have taken care of the people closest to you, by choosing to remember National Museums Scotland with a gift, you can play a crucial role in helping our stories live on to inspire future generations and to remain an important and relevant part of people’s lives - today and long into the future. 

How to leave a gift in your will

When making or updating your will we strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor to ensure it is legally valid and reflects your intentions. The following wording can be adapted by your solicitor to suit the type of gift you wish to leave: 

I give, devise and bequeath to National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust (Charity No: SC006964) of Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

the sum of £xxx (xxx pounds)  


the whole (or xxx% share) of my residuary estate  


[insert details of a specific gift] to hold on trust for its general charitable purposes, and I declare receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge. 

An unrestricted bequest is always the most helpful; however if you are considering directing your gift to a particular site or area of our work we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your plans with you before you commit them to a will, to ensure we can meet your wishes.  

If you are interested in donating a specific object to our collection we would invite you to complete our Object Donation Form

For more advice, see our FAQs.

Letting us know

If you decide to include National Museums Scotland in your will, please let us know. This will give us the opportunity to thank you and show you how your gift will make a difference.

To find out more, to discuss your gift in more detail, or to explore leaving a gift in memory of a loved one, please contact Aimee Hooper, Development Manager on 0131 247 4191 or

Thank you for considering supporting us in this special way.

Contact us

Aimee Hooper
Development Manager
0131 247 4191

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