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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 246 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-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28-Mar-19
Aberdeen Maritime Museum 1297 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum 1095 26-Apr-18 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 13-Dec-19
Achadh an Droighinn/Auchindrain 1263 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Albion Archive and Museum 1390 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation 09-Apr-18
Almond Valley Heritage Trust 1151 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Alyth Museum 900 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation TBC
Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh 2342 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum 438 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Annan Museum 1496 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Annet House Museum 264 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) TBC
Arbroath Museum 1033 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Arbuthnot Museum, Petershead 1089 26-Apr-18 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 13-Dec-19
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum 1148 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Art Collection, University of Stirling 1487 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Auld Kirk Museum 1129 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Baird Institute Museum 521 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Banchory Museum 1093 26-Apr-18 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 13-Dec-19
Bell Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews 1287 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 13-Dec-19
Bennie Museum 469 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Bernera Museum 458 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum 1385 16-Jun-16 Provisional Accreditation (4 months) TBC
Blackridge Community Museum 1898 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Borders Textile Towerhouse 1637 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Brechin Town House Museum 1036 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
British Golf Museum 1261 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park 1492 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Broughton House and Garden 1267 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Broughty Castle 1134 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Broxburn Community Museum 2172 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Buckhaven Museum 1080 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Burns House Museum 2186 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Burntisland Museum 1081 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Bute Museum 1282 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Caithness Horizons 2244 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Callendar House 1102 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Campbeltown Museum 1383 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Castle Douglas Art Gallery 1131 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Castle of St John Visitor Centre 1107 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Centre for Research Collections and Art Collection 2341 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Clan Macpherson Museum 100 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Clydebank Museum 1483 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Cockburn Museum of Geology, University of Edinburgh 1642 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Coldstream Museum 1310 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Colzium Museum 1077 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Corrigall Farm Museum 1301 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Crail Museum 208 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture Trust 1982 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation 09-Apr-18
Cromarty Courthouse Museum 41 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
The Royal Burgh Of Culross Culross Palace 1491 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Cumbernauld Museum 1925 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Dalgarven Mill 2062 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
David Livingstone Centre 18 21-Jun-17 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) 10-Dec-18
Dean Castle 1150 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Dean Gallery 1914 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation TBC
Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery 1149 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Dingwall Museum 1284 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Discovery Point  1307 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Duff House 1915 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation TBC
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum  2235 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura 1138 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Dunbar Town House Museum 2159 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Dunbeath Heritage Centre 2035 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Dunblane Museum 457 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Dundee Museum of Transport 2374 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds 2300 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation (6 months) TBC
Edinburgh City Art Centre 1124 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Elgin Museum 33 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 10-Dec-18
Eyemouth Museum 275 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation 09-Apr-18
Falconer Museum  1403 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Fife Folk Museum 451 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Fyvie Castle 1493 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Gairloch Heritage Museum 20 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
George Waterston Memorial Centre 463 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Glasgow Museums: Gallery of Modern Art 2050 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 2161 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1112 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: Provandʼs Lordship 1115 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: Riverside Museum 1118 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: Scotland Street School Museum 1415 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: St Mungoʼs Museum 1480 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: The Burrell Collection 1113 21-Sep-17 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Museums: The Peopleʼs Palace 1117 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Glasgow Womenʼs Library 2204 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Glencoe Folk Museum 479 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Glenfinnan Station Museum 459 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Gordon Highlanders Museum 86 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Gracefield Arts Centre 550 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Grampian Transport Museum 1022 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Grantown Museum and Heritage Centre 336 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Groam House Museum 1285 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Halliwellʼs House Museum 1087 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Hawick Museum and The Scott Gallery 1096 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archives 1269 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Highland Folk Museum, High Life Highland 2094 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Highland Museum of Childhood 48 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 13-Dec-19
Historic Environment Scotland  - museum authority n/a   recognised as a museum authority meeting the 2011 Standard 14-Feb-20
Historylinks Museum 2052 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
House of Dun 1495 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Hugh Millerʼs Birthplace Cottage and Museum 1494 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 1100 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Iona Abbey Museum 2375 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Ionad Naomh Moluag / Lismore Museum 2287 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Isle of Arran Heritage Museum  37 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Jedburgh Abbey Visitor Centre 2376 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum 1098 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Jim Clark Room 1311 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
John Gray Centre Museum 2312 20-Nov-14 Full Accreditation TBC
John Muirʼs Birthplace 2160 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
John Paul Jones Museum 1747 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Kilmartin House 178 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Kilsyth Heritage 1078 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Kinneil Museum  1103 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Kirbuster Museum 1302 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery 1079 21-Nov-13 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum 2034 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Laing Museum 1111 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh City Museums 1127 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Leadhills Miners Library 2076 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation 09-Apr-18
Lillie Art Gallery 903 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Low Parks Museum 460 20-Feb-14 Full Accreditation TBC
Maclaurin Art Gallery 481 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Mallaig Heritage Centre 410 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Mary Queen of Scots House 1099 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Mclean Museum and Art Gallery 1274 09-Feb-17 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 30-Oct-20
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 1035 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum 2381 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Melrose Abbey Commendatorʼs House Museum 2072 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation TBC
Methil Heritage Centre 246 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Mills Observatory 1135 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Mintlaw Discovery Centre 2197 26-Apr-18 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 13-Dec-19
Moffat Museum 474 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Montrose Air Station Museum 450 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Montrose Museum 1031 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Mull Museum 1281 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Museum Nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit 1147 20-Feb-14 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Museum Nan Eilean, Steòrnabhagh 1146 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh City Museums 1126 15-Nov-17 Provisional Accreditation (8 months) 30-Oct-20
Museum of Communication 1927 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Museum of Edinburgh 1121 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Museum of Islay Life 462 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses 2168 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Museum of Scottish Railways 1295 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Museum of the Cumbraes 412 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Museum of The Isles 1277 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland 2356 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation 13-Dec-19
Museum of the University of St Andrews 2211 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 13-Dec-19
Nairn Museum 64 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
National Mining Museum Scotland 453 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
National Museum of Flight 1573 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation TBC
National Museum of Rural Life 2081 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation TBC
National Museum of Scotland 1570 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation TBC
National War Museum 1572 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis  Ness Heritage Centre 471 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) TBC
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre 413 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre 1924 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Oban War and Peace Museum 2269 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Old Bridge House Museum 1141 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Old Gala House Museum 1088 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Old Haa Museum 455 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Orkney Museum 1300 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Including the Coats Observatory 476 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Paxton House 1278 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Perth Museum and Art Gallery 898 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation TBC
Pier Arts Centre 452 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Pollok House 1114 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation TBC
Portsoy Salmon Bothy 2270 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Prestongrange Museum 454 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Provost Skeneʼs House 1299 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 28-Mar-19
Queensferry Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1123 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
Ravenspoint Museum 2330 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Regimental Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers 1271 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 65 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
Renfrew Museum 2074 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 2063 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Robert Burns Centre 1140 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Robert Burns House 1139 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Robert Gordon University Art & Heritage Collections 2183 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 13-Dec-19
Royal Scots Regimental Museum 901 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation TBC
Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture 1279 09-Feb-17 Provisional Accreditation (9 months) 10-Apr-20
Rozelle House 480 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum 1143 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum 1303 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months) 04-Jun-18
Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works 1308 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
Scottish Fisheries Museum 1262 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Scottish Football Museum 2198 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Scottish Maritime Museum 291 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Scottish Maritime Museum - Denny 292 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Scottish National Gallery   1576 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation TBC
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art   1578 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation TBC
Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1577 24-May-12 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Crofthouse Museum 1305 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Museum 1304 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation TBC
Shetland Textile Museum 1794 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Shotts Heritage Centre 1926 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Sir Walter Scottʼs Courtroom 728 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Skara Brae Visitor Centre 2073 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation TBC
St Andrews Museum 1110 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum 445 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
St Ceciliaʼs Hall Museum of Instruments 1640 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
St Ronanʼs Wells Visitor Centre 905 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
St Vigeans Museum 2380 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Stewartry Museum 1130 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 16 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Stranraer Museum 1106 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Strathnaver Museum 67 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Stromness Museum 467 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life 1280 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 10-Apr-20
Surgeonsʼ Hall Museum 2112 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation 28-Aug-20
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum 1481 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Taigh Tasgaidh Chill Donnain 89 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Tain and District Museum 1283 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh 1638 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Tangwick Haa Museum 685 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation TBC
Tarbat Discovery Centre 2051 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
The Atholl Country Life Museum 2214 20-Feb-14 Full Accreditation TBC
The Black Watch Castle and Museum 676 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation 10-Aug-18
The Fergusson Gallery 484 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation TBC
The Glasgow School of Art 1948 21-Sep-17 Provisional Accreditation (3 months) 14-Feb-20
The Highlanders Museum 1272 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation TBC
The Hunterian  1023 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
The Insch Connection 2009 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation TBC
The McManus: Dundeeʼs Art Gallery and Museum 1132 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
The Museum of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow 2327 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation TBC
The Peopleʼs Story 1125 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum 30 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 09-Apr-18
The Scottish Crannog Centre 2367 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20
The Tall Ship at Riverside 2103 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation 14-Aug-19
The Tolbooth Museum 2313 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Thirlestane Castle 1021 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Timespan  448 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Tolbooth Art Centre 1485 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Trimontium Museum 1707 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery 904 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation 04-Jun-18
Ullapool Museum  475 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation 11-Oct-19
University of Aberdeen - Anatomy Museum 1029 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 12-Jun-20
University of Aberdeen - Kingʼs Museum 1024 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 12-Jun-20
University of Aberdeen - Zoology Museum 1026 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 12-Jun-20
University of Dundee Museum Services  1704 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation 28-Mar-19
Unst Boat Haven 2090 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Unst Heritage Centre 2089 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation 13-Jan-21
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre 2382 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation TBC
Wanlockhead Museum Trust 1020 21-Nov-13 Full Accreditation 31-Mar-18
West Highland Museum 68 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation TBC
West Kilbride Museum 522 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation 08-Oct-18
Westray Heritage Centre 2366 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation 14-Feb-20
Whitburn Community Museum 1897 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation 30-Apr-18
Whithorn Trust 473 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation TBC
William Lamb Sculpture Studio 1032 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation(12 months) TBC
Writers Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1122 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation 30-Oct-20