National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland (NMS; Scottish Gaelic: Taigh-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. It runs the national museums of Scotland.

National Museums Scotland
Taigh-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba
Non Departmental Public Body overview
Formed1 October 1985
Preceding agencies
  • National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Museum
HeadquartersChambers Street
Minister responsible
Non Departmental Public Body executives
  • Bruce Minto OBE, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director of National Museums Scotland
Child agencies
Charity registered in Scotland (No.SC01113)

NMS is one of the country's National Collections, and holds internationally important collections of natural sciences, decorative arts, world cultures, science and technology, and Scottish history and archaeology.

List of national museums

Other collections

The main storage building at the National Museums Collection Centre, at Granton in Edinburgh, opened in 1996. It is open to the public for guided tours. A new storage building has been constructed, which houses the textile and costume collections, including the Jean Muir Collection of 20th century costume and accessories.

The National Museum of Costume was located at Shambellie House, in New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. In January 2013, National Museums Scotland announced that the National Museum of Costume was to close and the site would not reopen for 2013.[1]


National Museums Scotland is Scotland's national museum service, governed by a board of trustees. It is a non-departmental public body, funded by the Education and Lifelong Learning Directorate of the Scottish Government.

Notable items in the national collections

The official website lists the following exhibits as being the highlights of its collections:[2]

See also


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