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National Museums Scotland offers a stunning collection of museums for a wide range of events, whether it be a small board meeting for 12 guests, a conference for 200 or a spectacular awards dinner for 950, each and every one ensures a unique and unforgettable experience.

The elegant grandeur of Victorian architecture combines with impressive contemporary spaces at the flagship National Museum of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Following the three year £46m refurbishment of the Victorian part of the National Museum of Scotland, it re-opened in September 2011 revealing the fabulous Grand Gallery restored to its former glory.

Considered by many to be Scotland’s finest example of Victorian architecture, the Grand Gallery’s infinite slender columns and curving stair cases create a sense of grace and elegance. The grandeur of this magnificent space is a sumptuous backdrop for an unrivalled dinner, awards ceremony or party. The Grand Gallery can accommodate up to 1000 guests for formal dining or 1500 guests for a drinks reception.

The refurbishment has also seen the creation of an additional space which is now available for events. The newly created street level Entrance Hall with it vaulted arches and stone pillars creates a unique atmosphere whilst providing first class facilities for guests.
For conferences and meeting space, the Museum offers a 200 seat Auditorium with adjacent breakout areas available for registration, exhibitions and catering.

Hawthornden Court and the Early People Gallery offer a more contemporary option for events, with stunning gallery spaces to suit dinners for up to 120 guests, or large receptions for up to 700 guests.
The Boardroom, Bute room and private roof terrace have arguably the best views in the city to Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. They are the perfect setting for more intimate dinners for smaller groups of 10 to 50 guests. They are also available during the daytime for meetings, lunches, presentations and weddings.

Finally, the National Museum of Flight, a few miles east of Edinburgh, boasts The Concorde Experience where guests can enjoy boarding the iconic aircraft, dining under the wings and experiencing the lifestyle one the exclusive preserved of the rich and famous.

City Centre

0.4 Miles


National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street

Venue Contact

Carolyn Gemmell
Director of Hospitality & Events
0131 247 4113

Venue Details

  • Maximum capacities
  • Theatre 400
  • Conference 200
  • Banquet 950
  • Reception 1500
  • Boardroom 24
  • General information
  • Disabled Access Yes Tooltip
  • Outdoor Grounds Yes
  • WiFi Yes
  • Parking Yes


  • Scottish Events Awards – Winner - Best Large Venue 2013
  • 5 star Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction
  • Commendation Award - Best Large Unusual Venue - Scottish Event Awards 08


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