Who we are, what we do

Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland. Our role is to work collaboratively to invest in and develop a sustainable museum and galleries sector for Scotland, in line with the aims of Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland's Museums and Galleries.

Find out more

Advocacy Guidance for Scotland's Museums

MGS launches a new publication to help Scotland’s museums and galleries make the case for the amazing work they do.

Money Matter Symposium

Book your place at our new Money Matters Symposium where we will be looking at financial sustainability for a growing museums sector.

MGS 2016 Full Funding Timetable Announced

Visit our funding pages for more information on our grants schedule for 2016.

National Skills Development Programme

Skills need updating? The National Skills Development Programme can help get you up to speed.

For Everyone: A Symposium on Intangible Cultural Heritage

Missed our event? Watch the symposium in full online

Realising the Vision

Find out more about our second Delivery Plan, Realising the Vision: Delivering Public Value through Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2015-2019.

MGS latest

Sun shines for Festival of Museums weekend

16th May 2016

Festival of Museums took place 13 – 15 May with over 100 day and night events taking place across Scotland.

Support for museums to develop income generation skills

26th Apr 2016

MGS is recruiting new Board members

21st Apr 2016

Scotland’s museum spectacular returns for tenth year

30th Mar 2016

MGS organsing MSP visits to museums across Scotland

7th Mar 2016

MGS Partnerships Fund supports Museums Project Officer role

4th Mar 2016

From the web

University of Edinburgh launches new interactive app of Anatomical Museum

16th May 2016

Free app opens up areas of the Museum and Old Medical School building that are not usually accessible to the public.

Scottish Museums shortlisted for M+H Awards

14th Mar 2016

Glasgow Museums, Surgeons Hall Museum and the Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum featured in shortlist for Museums & Heritage Awards 2016

ASVA announces rise in vistors for Scottish museums

7th Mar 2016

Figures show an overall rise in visitors across 2015 with museums featuring heavily in the list of top 20 Scottish visitor attractions.

Our tweets

  • Thanks also to all our speakers and to the venue @ScotStoryCentre for being generally awesome #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Thanks to @socinvestscot & @SocEntAcademy for supporting today's #MGSMoneyMatters event, and thanks to all our stall holders & delegates!

    25 May 2016

  • Great examples of sustainability projects tapping into MGS funding streams - @GairlochMuseum, @FifeFolkMuseum and many more #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • And now a quick run-down of projects that align nicely with @MuseumsGalScot National Strategy, aim 4!

    25 May 2016

  • How can museums benefit from PSPs? Sustainability, local knowledge as an asset to public sector, & breaking down barriers #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Great examples of engagement between business and cultural organisations from @aandbscotland

    25 May 2016

  • Workshopping our afternoon session at #MGSMoneyMatters! What does an enterprising board look like? https://t.co/tsTvquSuhX

    25 May 2016

  • Top shop tips from @ACEnterprises: no tat, no spinners, connect to collections or local area, match your visitor profile! #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • And we're off for the afternoon session - starting back with @ACEnterprises. Huge need to get the basics right in museums. #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Busy at #AAM2016 in Washington DC! There with @Hampden_Museum & @EdinCulture to talk public engagement in Scotland https://t.co/uCh9Qjfqk5

    25 May 2016

  • #MGSMoneyMatters has taken a break for some food - back with you in about 25 mins :-)

    25 May 2016

  • Everyone's a fundraiser - it's not just one person's job! Engagement at all levels of staff, board etc is essential #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Social impact of #21Revolutions by @gwlkettle broke down perceived elitism of art galleries and museums #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Disturbing aside of the day... There are more statues of dogs in Edinburgh than there are of women @gwlkettle fill a need with their scheme

    25 May 2016

  • Now hearing from @BiggarMuseum about how they consolidated multiple museums into one. How they got community behind project #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • It's not what you know, it's who you know - GTM have never received grants by filling out forms. Use your personal touch #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • What an interesting talk from Grampian Transport Museum on how to maximise local contacts - don't be afraid to ask! #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

  • Now hearing from @AlmondValleyHC about how they used social investment. Balanced peaks and troughs by introducing soft play #MGSMoneyMatters

    25 May 2016

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