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Accreditation & Recognition

We provide guidance for those applying for the Accreditation Standard or Recognised Status.


The Accreditation Scheme, which is voluntary, sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. Accredited museums can access specialist funding and support from Museums Galleries Scotland.

To achieve Accreditation, museums must meet set requirements in:

  • governance and management
  • collections care and documentation
  • information and services offered to visitors
Read about the Accreditation Scheme


Scotland’s Recognition Scheme celebrates, promotes and invests in nationally significant collections beyond those held in our national museums and galleries.

Recognised Collections can access:

  • Recognition Fund awards of up to £60,000
  • branded assets and marketing tools
  • reviews and guidance from our specialists
Read about the Recognition Scheme