Festival of Museums

The next Festival of Museums will take place over the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2016 and all museums and galleries in Scotland are invited to take part.


Created and coordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland, Festival of Museums encourages Scotland’s museums and galleries to provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy exciting, entertaining and surprising day or night events over one weekend.

The aims of the Festival of Museums are:

  • To provide Scotland’s museums with an opportunity to try something new.
  • To provide Scotland’s museums with an opportunity to develop staff skills in event planning, marketing and income generation.

Festival of Museums encourages visitors to learn about and get involved with their local area’s museums and history. We encourage museums and galleries to be ambitious with your plans as exciting events will help you to attract visitors.

MGS is now accepting applications to our Festival of Museums fund. The deadline is 20 November 2015.

MGS also works with Voluntary Arts Scotland to tie in to Voluntary Arts Week and develop partnerships between museums and voluntary arts groups across the artforms. If you are interested in partnering with a voluntary arts group to help with your event this year, just get in touch with us.

Follow and tweet us at @FestofMuseums or email us at FestivalofMuseums@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk