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National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Your guests won’t fail to be impressed when you host your conference, awards ceremony, product launch, private dinner or sparkling reception in this beautiful venue. In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, event space at the National Museum of Scotland is truly unique and offers heaps of possibilities for corporate and social gatherings for up to 1,500 people.

The Grand Gallery and Entrance Hall have instant wow factor with sweeping staircases and a soaring glass atrium; a stunning backdrop to any event. The incredible displays of the Grand Gallery, and the vaulted arches of the Entrance Hall lend an unbeatable ambience to any social function. The Grand Gallery accommodates 1,500 guests standing or 950 seated, and the Entrance Hall 700 standing.

The Auditorium Complex couldn’t be any more perfect for conferences and presentations, seating 200 delegates in the Auditorium itself and boasting full up to the minute audio-visual equipment. The South Hall is ideal for registrations and refreshments, with a private entrance and cloakrooms, or the Events Space can be used likewise, or for exhibitions, training sessions or workshops. Both of the latter hold 200 people standing.

The Board and Bute Rooms are split over three levels and offer innovative space for all occasions. The Bute Room is a circular space seating up to 50 people, or for a standing reception for 80. Above this is the Boardroom with spectacular views over the Old Town to Edinburgh Castle; the perfect room for refined executive meetings. A Roof Terrace has breath taking panoramic views over the city - ideal for a summer reception for up to 50 guests. Hawthornden Court and Kingdom of the Scots are adjoining contemporary spaces superb for product launches and receptions for 700 guests, for dinners for 120 or presentations for up to 175.

The Early People Gallery houses an amazing collection from Scotland’s ancient past, along with 12 dramatic bronze figures that make this a very unique space for dinners for up to 120 people or receptions for 250. Treat your guests to a private view or guided tour of the galleries, with artefacts spanning the ages and exhibits from around the globe.

DDP’s are reasonably priced and events managers will work with you to ensure your function runs smoothly. The Museum works closely with well reputed suppliers so that everything from flowers and props to the most delectable catering is covered.

The National Museum of Scotland is just a few minutes’ walk from Waverley train station and close to paid car parks.

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Venue National Museum of Scotland
Capacity 1,500 guests
Address Chambers Street
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Function Rooms & Event Spaces (5)

Grand Gallery - National Museum of Scotland

Grand Gallery

  • Max Capacity: 1500
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    One of Scotland’s most beautiful venues, the Grand Gallery’s soaring glass atrium and sweeping staircases present a breath-taking backdrop for up to 1,500 guests. Housing some of the museums’ most dramatic objects, this versatile venue hosts inspiring events surrounded by history.


    • Reception: 1500
    • Banqueting: 950
    • Dinner & Dance: 700
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Discovery Gallery - National Museum of Scotland

Discovery Gallery

  • Max Capacity: 250
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    Adjacent to the Grand Gallery, the legacy of Scottish innovation, leadership and ideas creates an impressive backdrop to drinks receptions for up to 250 guests. The towering Millennium Clock, with its intricate figures and movement, makes a great talking point at the Discoveries Gallery entrance.

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Early People Gallery - National Museum of Scotland

Early People Gallery

  • Max Capacity: 250
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    The Early People Gallery is an atmospheric space for receptions and small dinners. More than 5,000 treasures from Scotland’s ancient past and twelve striking bronze figures by the renowned sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi add a sense of theatre to this dramatic setting.


    • Reception: 250
    • Theatre: 100
    • Banqueting: 120
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Auditorium - National Museum of Scotland


  • Max Capacity: 200
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    The Complex incorporates the Auditorium itself, seating up to 200 and boasting a full suite of audio visual equipment and onsite technician available throughout your event. Hire also includes exclusive use of the South Hall with a private entrance and cloakroom facilities, ideal for welcoming and registering guests.


    • Theatre: 200
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Board & Bute Rooms - National Museum of Scotland

Board & Bute Rooms

  • Max Capacity: 80
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    This suite of stunning private rooms is one of the museum’s most popular venues. Split across three levels, the Board and Bute Rooms can accommodate a wide range of events, from private dining and meetings, to workshops and weddings.

    The circular Bute Room is a striking and flexible space suitable for almost any occasion. Directly above, the Boardroom boasts a beautiful burr maple central table and panoramic windows overlooking Edinburgh’s Old Town to the Castle. Finally, these spectacular rooms are crowned with a private roof terrace offering 360 degree views of our breath-taking city.


    • Reception: 80
    • Theatre: 50
    • Banqueting: 50
    • Cabaret: 30
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Venue Features (8)

  • AV Equipment
  • Disability Access
  • Family Friendly
  • In-house Catering
  • Local Public Transport
  • Outside Space
  • Wedding License
  • Wi-Fi Access