National Museums Scotland

The Royal Museum Project

The Royal Museum Project is a £46.4 million initiative to deliver an extensive and ambitious programme of renewal and redevelopment in the magnificent Victorian building in Edinburgh.

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For almost 150 years, the museum has inspired millions of local people and visitors to Scotland’s capital. Today, the building no longer provides an adequate home for world-class collections, and our visitors are not well served. Exhibitions are dated, access is difficult, support for learning is limited, and most people see only a fraction of our collections. It is now time to reinvigorate our galleries to celebrate the exceptional collections and create a truly world-class National Museum, fit for the 21st century. It will provide: • double the number of objects on display • sixteen new galleries • a welcoming, accessible arrivals hall at street level • themed exhibitions, bringing collections alive for a new generation • a large Special Exhibitions gallery for major international touring exhibitions • a state-of-the-art learning centre to inspire visitors of all ages • glass lifts and escalators to draw people to the upper galleries • high quality social spaces, with new eating, shopping and cloakroom facilities The significance of the Project has been recognised by major awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government totalling £34 million and we have now successfully raised over £8 million towards our private funding target of £12 million. We invite your help to ensure that collections will be preserved and future generations of visitors enriched by personal voyages of discovery.