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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 252 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. 

Following the Accreditation review, the returns schedule has been updated to give all museums longer between returns. Information on the Accreditation Scheme 2018 changes, and the full schedule starting from April 2019 including all Scottish museums in the scheme, can be found on our Accreditation 2018 information page.

Museum  Accreditation Number Most recent panel Current Status
Aberdeen Art Gallery 1296 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Aberdeen Maritime Museum 1297 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum 1095 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Achadh an Droighinn/Auchindrain 1263 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Albion Archive and Museum 1390 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Almond Valley Heritage Trust 1151 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Alyth Museum 900 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation
Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh 2342 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum 438 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Annan Museum 1496 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Annet House Museum 264 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Arbroath Museum 1033 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Arbuthnot Museum, Petershead 1089 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum 1148 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Art Collection, University of Stirling 1487 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation
Auld Kirk Museum 1129 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Baird Institute Museum 521 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Banchory Museum 1093 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Bell Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews 1287 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Bennie Museum 469 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Bernera Museum 458 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum 1385 16-Jun-16 Provisional Accreditation (4 months)
Blackridge Community Museum 1898 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Borders Textile Towerhouse 1637 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Brechin Town House Museum 1036 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
British Golf Museum 1261 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park 1492 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Broughton House and Garden 1267 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Broughty Castle 1134 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Broxburn Community Museum 2172 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Buckhaven Museum 1080 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Burns House Museum 2186 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Burntisland Museum 1081 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Bute Museum 1282 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Caerlaverock Castle Visitor Centre 2390 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Caithness Horizons 2244 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation
Callendar House 1102 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Campbeltown Museum 1383 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Castle Douglas Art Gallery 1131 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Castle of St John Visitor Centre 1107 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Centre for Research Collections and Art Collection 2341 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Clan Macpherson Museum 100 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation
Clydebank Museum 1483 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Cockburn Museum of Geology, University of Edinburgh 1642 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Coldstream Museum 1310 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Colzium Museum 1077 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Corrigall Farm Museum 1301 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Crail Museum 208 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture Trust 1982 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation
Cromarty Courthouse Museum 41 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
The Royal Burgh Of Culross Culross Palace 1491 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Cumbernauld Museum 1925 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Dalgarven Mill 2062 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
David Livingstone Centre 18 21-Jun-17 Provisional Accreditation (6 months)
Dean Castle 1150 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Dean Gallery 1914 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation
Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery 1149 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Dingwall Museum 1284 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Discovery Point  1307 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Duff House 1915 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum  2235 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura 1138 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Dunbar Town House Museum 2159 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Dunbeath Heritage Centre 2035 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Dunblane Museum 457 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Dundee Museum of Transport 2374 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds 2300 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation (6 months)
Edinburgh City Art Centre 1124 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
Elgin Museum 33 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Eyemouth Museum 275 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation
Falconer Museum  1403 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation
Fife Folk Museum 451 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Fyvie Castle 1493 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Gairloch Heritage Museum 20 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
George Waterston Memorial Centre 463 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Gallery of Modern Art 2050 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 2161 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1112 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Provandʼs Lordship 1115 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Riverside Museum 1118 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: Scotland Street School Museum 1415 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: St Mungoʼs Museum 1480 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Museums: The Burrell Collection 1113 21-Sep-17 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Glasgow Museums: The Peopleʼs Palace 1117 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Police Museum 2389 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Glasgow Womenʼs Library 2204 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Glencoe Folk Museum 479 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation
Glenfinnan Station Museum 459 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Gordon Highlanders Museum 86 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Gracefield Arts Centre 550 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Grampian Transport Museum 1022 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Grantown Museum and Heritage Centre 336 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Groam House Museum 1285 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Halliwellʼs House Museum 1087 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
Hawick Museum and The Scott Gallery 1096 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archives 1269 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Highland Folk Museum, High Life Highland 2094 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
Highland Museum of Childhood 48 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Historic Environment Scotland  - museum authority n/a   recognised as a museum authority meeting the 2011 Standard
Historylinks Museum 2052 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
House of Dun 1495 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Hugh Millerʼs Birthplace Cottage and Museum 1494 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 1100 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
Iona Abbey Museum 2375 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Ionad Naomh Moluag / Lismore Museum 2287 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Isle of Arran Heritage Museum  37 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Jedburgh Abbey Visitor Centre 2376 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum 1098 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Jim Clark Room 1311 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
John Gray Centre Museum 2312 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
John Muirʼs Birthplace 2160 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
John Paul Jones Museum 1747 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Kilmartin House 178 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation
Kilsyth Heritage 1078 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Kinneil Museum  1103 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Kirbuster Museum 1302 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery 1079 21-Nov-13 Full Accreditation
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum 2034 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Laing Museum 1111 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh City Museums 1127 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
Leadhills Miners Library 2076 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Lillie Art Gallery 903 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Low Parks Museum 460 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Maclaurin Art Gallery 481 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Mallaig Heritage Centre 410 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Mary Queen of Scots House 1099 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Mclean Museum and Art Gallery 1274 20-Sep-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 1035 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum 2381 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Melrose Abbey Commendatorʼs House Museum 2072 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Methil Heritage Centre 246 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Mills Observatory 1135 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Mintlaw Discovery Centre 2197 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Moffat Museum 474 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Montrose Air Station Museum 450 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
Montrose Museum 1031 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Mull Museum 1281 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Museum Nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit 1147 20-Feb-14 Full Accreditation
Museum Nan Eilean, Steòrnabhagh 1146 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh City Museums 1126 15-Nov-17 Provisional Accreditation (8 months)
Museum of Communication 1927 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Museum of Edinburgh 1121 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
Museum of Islay Life 462 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses 2168 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Museum of Scottish Railways 1295 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
Museum of the Cumbraes 412 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation
Museum of The Isles 1277 21-Jul-16 Full Accreditation
Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland 2356 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation
Museum of the University of St Andrews 2211 20-Sep-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Nairn Museum 64 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation
National Mining Museum Scotland 453 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
National Museum of Flight 1573 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation
National Museum of Rural Life 2081 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation
National Museum of Scotland 1570 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation
National War Museum 1572 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis  Ness Heritage Centre 471 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre 413 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre 1924 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Oban War and Peace Museum 2269 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Old Bridge House Museum 1141 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Old Gala House Museum 1088 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Old Haa Museum 455 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Orkney Museum 1300 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Including the Coats Observatory 476 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Paxton House 1278 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Perth Museum and Art Gallery 898 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation
Pier Arts Centre 452 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Pollok House 1114 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Portsoy Salmon Bothy 2270 19-Nov-15 Full Accreditation
Prestongrange Museum 454 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Provost Skeneʼs House 1299 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Queensferry Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1123 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
Ravenspoint Museum 2330 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Regimental Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers 1271 06-Apr-17 Full Accreditation
Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 65 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation
Renfrew Museum 2074 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 2063 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
Robert Burns Centre 1140 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Robert Burns House 1139 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Robert Gordon University Art & Heritage Collections 2183 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Royal Scots Regimental Museum 901 11-Jun-15 Full Accreditation
Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture 1279 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Rozelle House 480 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum 1143 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum 1303 22-Feb-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works 1308 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
Scottish Fisheries Museum 1262 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Scottish Football Museum 2198 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Scottish Maritime Museum 291 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
Scottish Maritime Museum - Denny 292 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
Scottish National Gallery   1576 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art   1578 18-Feb-11 Full Accreditation
Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1577 24-May-12 Full Accreditation
Shetland Crofthouse Museum 1305 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Shetland Museum 1304 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Shetland Textile Museum 1794 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Shotts Heritage Centre 1926 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Sir Walter Scottʼs Courtroom 728 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
Skara Brae Visitor Centre 2073 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
St Andrews Museum 1110 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum 445 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
St Ceciliaʼs Hall Museum of Instruments 1640 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
St Ronanʼs Wells Visitor Centre 905 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
St Vigeans Museum 2380 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Stewartry Museum 1130 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 16 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Stranraer Museum 1106 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Strathnaver Museum 67 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Stromness Museum 467 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life 1280 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Surgeonsʼ Hall Museum 2112 21-Jun-17 Full Accreditation
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum 1481 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Taigh Tasgaidh Chill Donnain 89 30-Jul-15 Full Accreditation
Tain and District Museum 1283 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh 1638 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Tangwick Haa Museum 685 21-Apr-16 Full Accreditation
Tarbat Discovery Centre 2051 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
The Atholl Country Life Museum 2214 20-Feb-14 Full Accreditation
The Black Watch Castle and Museum 676 19-Feb-15 Full Accreditation
The Fergusson Gallery 484 05-Jun-14 Full Accreditation
The Glasgow School of Art 1948 20-Sep-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
The Highlanders Museum 1272 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
The Hunterian  1023 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
The Insch Connection 2009 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
The McManus: Dundeeʼs Art Gallery and Museum 1132 09-Feb-17 Full Accreditation
The Museum of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow 2327 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
The Peopleʼs Story 1125 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum 30 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
The Scottish Crannog Centre 2367 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
The Tall Ship at Riverside 2103 22-Sep-16 Full Accreditation
The Tolbooth Museum 2313 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Thirlestane Castle 1021 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Timespan  448 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
Tolbooth Art Centre 1485 18-Sep-14 Full Accreditation
Trimontium Museum 1707 22-Feb-18 Full Accreditation
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery 904 24-Jul-14 Full Accreditation
Ullapool Museum  475 10-Nov-16 Full Accreditation
University of Aberdeen - Anatomy Museum 1029 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
University of Aberdeen - Kingʼs Museum 1024 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
University of Aberdeen - Zoology Museum 1026 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation
University of Dundee Museum Services  1704 16-Jun-16 Full Accreditation
Unst Boat Haven 2090 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Unst Heritage Centre 2089 26-Apr-18 Full Accreditation
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre 2382 28-Jun-18 Full Accreditation
Wanlockhead Museum Trust 1020 21-Nov-13 Full Accreditation
West Highland Museum 68 24-Sep-15 Full Accreditation
West Kilbride Museum 522 23-Apr-15 Full Accreditation
Westray Heritage Centre 2366 21-Sep-17 Full Accreditation
Whitburn Community Museum 1897 20-Sep-18 Full Accreditation
Whithorn Trust 473 25-Feb-16 Full Accreditation
William Lamb Sculpture Studio 1032 28-Jun-18 Provisional Accreditation (12 months)
Writers Museum, Edinburgh City Museums 1122 15-Nov-17 Full Accreditation