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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 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

26 April 2018

Provisional Accreditation (3 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

26 April 2018

Provisional Accreditation (3 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

26 April 2018

Provisional Accreditation (3 months)

13 December 2019

Bell Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews

1287

09 February 2017

Full Accreditation

13 December 2019

Bennie Museum

469

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

Dundee Museum of Transport

2374

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

Iona Abbey Museum

2375

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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 Abbey Visitor Centre

2376

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

26 April 2018

Provisional Accreditation (3 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 Museum

455

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

         

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 Museum

1794

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

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

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

Unst Heritage Centre

2089

26 April 2018

Full Accreditation

13 January 2021

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