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Accredited museums in Scotland

Accredited museums in Scotland

Museums interested in applying to join the Accreditation Scheme first have to complete an eligibility questionnaire. For museums in Scotland, the completed form should be returned to MGS. We will assess this and confirm whether a museum is eligible to apply for Accreditation. If eligible the museum will be awarded the formal status of Working Towards Accreditation. The museum will then be invited to submit an application within 12 months

There are currently 249 museums in Scotland who hold the Accreditation Standard, ranging from large national institutions to small volunteer-run museums. The full list can be viewed below. 

The return dates may change as part of the Accreditation review; any alternations will be communicated and would push the submission date further into the future.

Museum  Accreditation Number Most recent panel Current Status Next return due
Aberdeen Art Gallery 1296 22 February 2018 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28 March 2019
Aberdeen Maritime Museum 1297 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum 1095 06 April 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Achadh an Droighinn/Auchindrain 1263 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Albion Archive and Museum 1390 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 09 April 2018
Almond Valley Heritage Trust 1151 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Alyth Museum 900 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh 2342 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum 438 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Annan Museum 1496 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Annet House Museum 264 22 February 2018 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) TBC
Arbroath Museum 1033 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Arbuthnot Museum, Petershead 1089 06 April 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum 1148 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Art Collection, University of Stirling 1487 21 July 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Auld Kirk Museum 1129 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Baird Institute Museum 521 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Banchory Museum 1093 06 April 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Bell Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews 1287 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 13 December 2019
Bennie Museum 469 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Bernera Museum 458 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum 1385 16 June 2016 Provisional Accreditation (4 months) TBC
Blackridge Community Museum 1898 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Borders Textile Towerhouse 1637 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Brechin Town House Museum 1036 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
British Golf Museum 1261 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park 1492 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Broughton House and Garden 1267 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Broughty Castle 1134 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Broxburn Community Museum 2172 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Buckhaven Museum 1080 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Burns House Museum 2186 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Burntisland Museum 1081 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Bute Museum 1282 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Caithness Horizons 2244 23 April 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Callendar House 1102 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Campbeltown Museum 1383 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Castle Douglas Art Gallery 1131 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Castle of St John Visitor Centre 1107 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Centre for Research Collections and Art Collection 2341 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Clan Macpherson Museum 100 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Clydebank Museum 1483 20 November 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Cockburn Museum of Geology, University of Edinburgh 1642 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Coldstream Museum 1310 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Colzium Museum 1077 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis 471 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Corrigall Farm Museum 1301 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Crail Museum 208 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture Trust 1982 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation 09 April 2018
Cromarty Courthouse Museum 41 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Cumbernauld Museum 1925 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Dalgarven Mill 2062 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
David Livingstone Centre 18 21 June 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 10 December 2018
Dean Castle 1150 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Dean Gallery 1914 18 February 2011 Full Accreditation TBC
Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery 1149 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Dingwall Museum 1284 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Discovery Point  1307 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Duff House 1915 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum  2235 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura 1138 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Dunbar Town House Museum 2159 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Dunbeath Heritage Centre 2035 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Dunblane Museum 457 21 November 2013 Full Accreditation TBC
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds 2300 24 April 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Edinburgh City Art Centre 1124 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Elgin Museum 33 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Eyemouth Museum 275 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation 09 April 2018
Falconer Museum  1403 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Fife Folk Museum 451 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 13 January 2021
Fyvie Castle 1493 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Gairloch Heritage Museum 20 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
George Waterston Memorial Centre 463 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Glasgow Museums: Gallery of Modern Art 2050 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 2161 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1112 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: Provandʼs Lordship 1115 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: Riverside Museum 1118 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: Scotland Street School Museum 1415 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: St Mungoʼs Museum 1480 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: The Burrell Collection 1113 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28 August 2020
Glasgow Museums: The Peopleʼs Palace 1117 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Glasgow Womenʼs Library 2204 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Glencoe Folk Museum 479 23 April 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Glenfinnan Station Museum 459 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Gordon Highlanders Museum 86 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Gracefield Arts Centre 550 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Grampian Transport Museum 1022 21 June 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 11 October 2019
Grantown Museum and Heritage Centre 336 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Groam House Museum 1285 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Halliwellʼs House Museum 1087 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Hawick Museum and The Scott Gallery 1096 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archives 1269 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Highland Folk Museum, High Life Highland 2094 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Highland Museum of Childhood 48 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 13 December 2019
Historic Environment Scotland  - museum authority n/a   recognised as a museum authority meeting the 2011 Standard 14 February 2020
Historylinks Museum 2052 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
House of Dun 1495 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Hugh Millerʼs Birthplace Cottage and Museum 1494 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 1100 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Ionad Naomh Moluag / Lismore Museum 2287 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Isle of Arran Heritage Museum  37 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum 1098 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Jim Clark Room 1311 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
John Gray Centre Museum 2312 20 November 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
John Muirʼs Birthplace 2160 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
John Paul Jones Museum 1747 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Kilmartin House 178 21 July 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Kilsyth Heritage 1078 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Kinneil Museum  1103 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Kirbuster Museum 1302 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery 1079 21 November 2013 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum 2034 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Laing Museum 1111 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh City Museums 1127 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Leadhills Miners Library 2076 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 09 April 2018
Lillie Art Gallery 903 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Low Parks Museum 460 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Maclaurin Art Gallery 481 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Mallaig Heritage Centre 410 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Mary Queen of Scots House 1099 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Mclean Museum and Art Gallery 1274 09 February 2017 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 30 October 2020
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 1035 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Melrose Abbey Commendatorʼs House Museum 2072 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Methil Heritage Centre 246 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Mills Observatory 1135 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Mintlaw Discovery Centre 2197 06 April 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Moffat Museum 474 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Montrose Air Station Museum 450 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Montrose Museum 1031 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Mull Museum 1281 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Museum Nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit 1147 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Museum Nan Eilean, Steòrnabhagh 1146 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh City Museums 1126 15 November 2017 Provisional Accreditation (8 months) 30 October 2020
Museum of Communication 1927 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Museum of Edinburgh 1121 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Museum of Islay Life 462 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses 2168 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Museum of Scottish Railways 1295 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Museum of the Cumbraes 412 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Museum of The Isles 1277 21 July 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland 2356 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 13 December 2019
Museum of the University of St Andrews 2211 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 13 December 2019
Nairn Museum 64 23 April 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
National Mining Museum Scotland 453 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
National Museum of Flight 1573 19 November 2015 Full Accreditation TBC
National Museum of Rural Life 2081 19 November 2015 Full Accreditation TBC
National Museum of Scotland 1570 19 November 2015 Full Accreditation TBC
National War Museum 1572 19 November 2015 Full Accreditation TBC
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre 413 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre 1924 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Oban War and Peace Museum 2269 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Old Bridge House Museum 1141 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Old Gala House Museum 1088 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Old Haa 455 20 November 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Orkney Museum 1300 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Including the Coats Observatory 476 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Paxton House 1278 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Perth Museum and Art Gallery 898 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Pier Arts Centre 452 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Pittencrieff House Museum 1038 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 20 April 2018
Pollok House 1114 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Portsoy Salmon Bothy 2270 19 November 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Prestongrange Museum 454 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Provost Skeneʼs House 1299 22 February 2018 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28 March 2019
Queensferry Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1123 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
Ravenspoint Museum 2330 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Regimental Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers 1271 06 April 2017 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 65 23 April 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
Renfrew Museum 2074 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 2063 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
Robert Burns Centre 1140 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Robert Burns House 1139 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Robert Gordon University Art & Heritage Collections 2183 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 13 December 2019
Royal Scots Regimental Museum 901 11 June 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture 1279 09 February 2017 Provisional Accreditation (9 months) 10 April 2020
Rozelle House 480 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum 1143 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum 1303 22 February 2018 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 04 June 2018
Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works 1308 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
Scottish Fisheries Museum 1262 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Scottish Football Museum 2198 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Scottish Maritime Museum 291 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Scottish Maritime Museum - Denny 292 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Scottish National Gallery   1576 18 February 2011 Full Accreditation TBC
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art   1578 18 February 2011 Full Accreditation TBC
Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1577 24 May 2012 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Crofthouse Museum 1305 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Museum 1304 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Textile Working Museum 1794 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Shotts Heritage Centre 1926 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Sir Walter Scottʼs Courtroom 728 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Skara Brae Visitor Centre 2073 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
St Andrews Museum 1110 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum 445 24 April 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
St Ceciliaʼs Hall Museum of Instruments 1640 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
St Ronanʼs Wells Visitor Centre 905 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Stewartry Museum 1130 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 16 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Stranraer Museum 1106 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Strathnaver Museum 67 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Stromness Museum 467 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life 1280 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 10 April 2020
Surgeonsʼ Hall Museum 2112 21 June 2017 Full Accreditation 28 August 2020
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum 1481 25 February 2016 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 04 February 2019
Taigh Tasgaidh Chill Donnain 89 30 July 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Tain and District Museum 1283 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh 1638 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Tangwick Haa Museum 685 21 April 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
Tarbat Discovery Centre 2051 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
The Atholl Country Life Museum 2214 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
The Black Watch Castle and Museum 676 19 February 2015 Full Accreditation 10 August 2018
The Fergusson Gallery 484 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
The Glasgow School of Art 1948 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 14 February 2020
The Highlanders Museum 1272 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
The Hunterian  1023 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
The Insch Connection 2009 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
The McManus: Dundeeʼs Art Gallery and Museum 1132 09 February 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
The Museum of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow 2327 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 04 February 2019
The Peopleʼs Story 1125 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
The Royal Burgh Of Culross 1491 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 10 December 2018
The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum 30 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 09 April 2018
The Scottish Crannog Centre 2367 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020
The Tall Ship at Riverside 2103 22 September 2016 Full Accreditation 14 August 2019
The Tolbooth Museum 2313 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Thirlestane Castle 1021 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 13 January 2021
Timespan  448 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Tolbooth Art Centre 1485 18 September 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Trimontium Museum 1707 22 February 2018 Full Accreditation 13 January 2021
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery 904 24 July 2014 Full Accreditation 04 June 2018
Ullapool Museum  475 10 November 2016 Full Accreditation 11 October 2019
University of Aberdeen - Anatomy Museum 1029 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 12 June 2020
University of Aberdeen - Kingʼs Museum 1024 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 12 June 2020
University of Aberdeen - Zoology Museum 1026 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 12 June 2020
University of Dundee Museum Services  1704 16 June 2016 Full Accreditation 28 March 2019
Unst Boat Haven 2090 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Unst Heritage Centre 2089 20 February 2014 Full Accreditation TBC
Wanlockhead Museum Trust 1020 21 November 2013 Full Accreditation 31 March 2018
West Highland Museum 68 24 September 2015 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
West Kilbride Museum 522 23 April 2015 Full Accreditation 08 October 2018
Westray Heritage Centre 2366 21 September 2017 Full Accreditation 14 February 2020
Whitburn Community Museum 1897 05 June 2014 Full Accreditation 30 April 2018
Whithorn Trust 473 25 February 2016 Full Accreditation 08 April 2019
William Lamb Sculpture Studio 1032 21 September 2017 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 13 December 2019
Writers Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1122 15 November 2017 Full Accreditation 30 October 2020