Donate now to close the final chapter of the National Museum of Scotland’s transformation and help open our new galleries in 2019.

Fifteen years ago, we embarked upon an ambitious project to transform the Museum. We set ourselves three goals: to restore the magnificent building; reveal its remarkable treasures; and inspire more of the museum’s many visitors.

Our first three phases have been completed and today the National Museum of Scotland is now one of the leading museums in the world and the most visited in the UK outside London. Now is your chance to be a part of the story with the fourth and final phase.

In the spring of 2019, with your help, our last three new galleries will open, completing the transformation.

We only have £125,000 left to raise to complete this final chapter – will you be a part of it with a gift today?


These final galleries will focus on Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the art of Ceramics. Together they will span five millennia of human ingenuity and embrace some of the most influential civilisations in history. More than a third of the remarkable objects that will be revealed in the galleries have not been on display for generations. Highlights range from a section of the Great Pyramid of Giza mined from the east bank of the Nile over 4,500 years ago, through to exquisite Japanese vases created by one artisan family across five generations of craftsmanship.

You can find out more about the galleries here.

You can help us reveal stories just waiting to be told. Please help with your gift today.


"Our vision was to turn our magnificent Victorian building into a new and vibrant space for the 21st century, leading the way on the world stage. The far-reaching transformation is almost complete. Now we need you to join us in this final chapter and help us reveal hidden stories from over 5,000 years of history."

– Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director of National Museums Scotland

You can donate online here or by calling 0131 247 4294.


Any funds raised in addition to our target will go towards our ongoing work to reveal our collections to the widest possible audiences.


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New Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Three new galleries complete the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland.
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