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National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland offers a stunning collection of venues suitable for a wide range of events

From intimate dinners for 12 to spectacular dinners for up to 1200, each Museum provides an unforgettable setting for your event.

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town combines grand Victorian architecture with award-winning contemporary spaces. At the Museum’s heart, the magnificent Grand Gallery provides an unrivalled backdrop for receptions and dinners, accommodating up to 1200 formal dining guests, 950 for a dinner dance, or drinks receptions of up to 1500.

Adjacent spaces Hawthornden Court and the Early People Gallery offer a stunningly contemporary option to suit dinners of up to 120 guests or large receptions for up to 700 guests.

A more intimate setting, the Boardroom, Bute Room and private roof terrace boast some of the city’s best views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Perfect for private dining and weddings, groups of between 10 to 50 guests can be hosted throughout the day and into the evening.

Rooftops on Level 5 of the National Museum of Scotland has magnificent and unrivalled views over Edinburgh’s Old Town to the
Guests are invited to arrive by the Tower entrance into the Museum, where they will be welcomed and directed up to Rooftops to join their party.
Rooftops provides the ideal setting to host your event in a unique and fabulous setting

The Museum also offers conference and meeting spaces, with a 200 seat Auditorium and adjoining breakout and exhibition areas.

Finally, the National Museum of Flight, a few miles east of Edinburgh, is home to The Concorde Experience where up to 650 guests can enjoy boarding the iconic aircraft, dining under the wings and experiencing the luxurious lifestyle of the rich and famous!

City Centre

0.4 Miles


National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street

Venue Details

Maximum capacities

  • Theatre 210
  • Conference 200
  • Banquet 1200
  • Reception 1500
  • Boardroom 24
  • Rooftops 150

General information

  • Disabled Access Yes
  • WiFi Yes


  • National Museum of Scotland, 5 Star Visitor Attraction – Visit Scotland
  • National Museum of Flight, 5 Star Visitor Attraction – Visit Scotland
  • Scottish Events Awards – Winner - Best Large Venue 2013
  • RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture – Best Building in Scotland Award 2011


  • ASVA