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This list of museums in Scotland contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Many other small historical displays are located in the country's stately homes, including those run by the National Trust for Scotland.


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Name Image Town/City Council area Region Type Summary
Aberdeen Maritime Museum RossHouse-117156-Richard Slessor Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen City & Shire Maritime Shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing, port history, North Sea oil industry
Glover House Image needed LHB Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen City & Shire Historic house Victorian period childhood home of Thomas Blake Glover, who built the Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum Aden Country Park, Museum Mintlaw Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Agriculture Located in Aden Country Park, 20th century estate life, farming history and innovations, working 1950s period farm
Alford Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Alford Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire History website, rural trades displays and tools, household artifacts and room displays, farm equipment and tools, local Royal Ordnance Corps, Doric poet Charles Murray
Alford Valley Railway AlfordValleyRailway Alford Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Railway Heritage 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway and museum
Arbuthnot Museum Image needed LHB Peterhead Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Maritime website, development of Peterhead fishing boats, local history, Inuit artifacts, Arctic animals, whaling, coin collection
Balmoral Castle Balmoral Castle Crathie Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Multiple Royal residence and summer retreat of Queen Elizabeth II, ballroom displays of art and decorative art, display of carriages, estate life, royal memorabilia, art gallery, gardens and grounds
Carnegie Inverurie Museum Image needed LHB Inverurie Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Local website, local history, archaeology, transportation
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Maritime website, maritime heritage, local history
Fordyce Joiner's Workshop and Visitor Centre Image needed LHB Fordyce Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Technology website, rural carpenter's workshop and tools
Garlogie Mill Power House Garlogie Mill Power House Garlogie Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Industry website, former woolen mill with beam engine
Grampian Transport Museum Image needed LHB Alford Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Transportation cars, motorcycles, a double-decker bus, bicycles, tractors, steam vehicles, an electric tram, toy model vehicles, and transport memorabilia
Insch Connection Museum Insch Insch Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Railway Located in a former railway station, railway and local history
Maud Railway Station Museum Image needed LHB Maud Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Railway Located in a former railway station, steam engines, railway memorabilia
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Kinnaird Head Lighthouse Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Maritime Historic lighthouse and exhibits of lighthouse technology and history
Peterhead Maritime Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Peterhead Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Maritime website, local maritime heritage
Sandhaven Meal Mill Image needed LHB Sandhaven Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City & Shire Mill website, 19th century mill for oats
Angus Folk Museum Image needed LHB Forfar Angus Angus & Dundee Open air website, operated by the National Trust for Scotland, six 18th century cottages with exhibits of rural life in Angus, including a schoolroom, Victorian parlour, kitchen, reconstructed farm steading
Barry Mill Barry Mill2 Barry Angus Angus & Dundee Mill Operated by the National Trust for Scotland, restored watermill
Glamis Castle GlamisWide Glamis Angus Angus & Dundee Historic house Childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, best known as the Queen Mother
Montrose Museum Montrose Museum Montrose Angus Angus & Dundee Multiple Local history, archaeology, natural history, art, ethnography
Auchindrain Township Open Air Museum Image needed LHB Auchindrain Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Open air website, turn of the 20th century township
Bonawe Iron Furnace Image needed LHB Bonawe Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Industry website, operated by Historic Scotland, 18th century charcoal-fuelled ironworks
Easdale Island Folk Museum Image needed LHB Easdale Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Local website, local history, culture, slate industry, geology, maritime
Inverarary Maritime Heritage Museum Image needed LHB Inveraray Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Maritime website, maritime artefacts and memorabilia displayed in the three-masted schooner Arctic Penguin
Mount Stuart House Mount Stuart House Isle of Bute Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Historic house Victorian Gothic Revival mansion, 300-acre (1.2 km²

) gardens

Oban War and Peace Museum Image needed LHB Oban Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Local website, local history, fishing and maritime industries, railways and road transport, strategic role played by Oban during World War II
Sandaig Island Life Museum Image needed LHB Isle of Tiree Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Historic house information, late 19th century cottar's home
Slate Islands Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Easdale Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Industry website, slate industry of the Slate Islands, social history
Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum Hynish signal Isle of Tiree Argyll and Bute Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Maritime History and construction of the lighthouse
Annan Museum Image needed LHB Annan, Dumfries and Galloway|Annan Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Local website, website, local history
Devil's Porridge Exhibition Image needed LHB Eastriggs Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Military website, history of the HM Factory, Gretna for Cordite manufacturing
Drumlanrig Castle Drumlanrig Castle Thornhill Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Historic house Baroque country house with period furnishings, fine art and antiques, Victorian gardens
Dumfries Museum Dumfries Museum (windmill) Dumfries Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Local website, local history, archaeology, natural history, camera obscura, housed in an 18th century windmill
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum Image needed LHB Dumfries Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Transportation Located in a former RAF station, aircraft, military aviation history
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Image needed LHB Mull of Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Maritime website, tours of the lighthouse and engine room
Museum of Lead Mining The Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead. - geograph.org.uk - 156109 Wanlockhead Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Mining website, mine tour, miners' cottages, beam engine, minerals
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Image needed LHB Sanquhar Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Local website, information, local history, mining, wool trade and knitting industry
Stranraer Museum Image needed LHB Stranraer Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Local website, local history, archaeology, farming, dairying
Wigtown County Buildings Wigtown County Buildings Wigtown Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Local information, local history, collection of early 18th century bronze town weights and measures, 18th century prison cell
Discovery Point RRS Discovery Dundee Dundee Angus & Dundee Maritime Museum ship for polar explorations
Dick Institute The Dick Institute - geograph.org.uk - 136543 Kilmarnock East Ayrshire Ayrshire and Arran Multiple Art, local and natural history, industry
Dumfries House Dumfries Cumnock East Ayrshire Ayrshire and Arran Historic house 18th century Palladian country house with Thomas Chippendale furniturre
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre Dunaskin locomotive shed 05-08-28 108 Patna East Ayrshire Ayrshire and Arran Railway Open on selected days, steam and diesel locomotives
Auld Kirk Museum Image needed LHB Kirkintilloch East Dunbartonshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Local website, local history, coal mining, iron industry
Lennoxlove House Lethington2 Haddington East Lothian Edinburgh and Lothians Historic house Medieval fortress house, collections of portraits, furniture and porcelain
Myreton Motor Museum Myreton Motor Museum Aberlady East Lothian Edinburgh and Lothians Transportation Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, motoring memorabilia and toy cars dating back to the turn of the 20th century
National Museum of Flight National Museum of Flight, Scotland East Fortune East Lothian Edinburgh and Lothians Transportation Includes military planes, passenger travel, a Concorde, Royal Air Force in World War II
Preston Mill PrestonMill wheel East Linton East Lothian Edinburgh and Lothians Mill Operated by the National Trust for Scotland, 18th century watermill
Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum Cornish Beam Engine1 Prestongrange East Lothian Edinburgh and Lothians Industry Remains from a 16th century harbour, 17th century glass works, 18th & 19th century potteries, 19th & 20th century coal mine and brick works
Edinburgh Castle Holiday043 Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Multiple Includes tours of the historic medieval stronghold, the Honours of Scotland crown jewels, 18th century prisoners of war exhibits, rooms of the Royal Palace, Royal Scots Regimental Museum, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum
Holyrood Palace Wfm holyrood palace Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Historic house Official residence of the monarch in Scotland
Hopetoun House Hopetoun01 Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Historic house 18th century estate, 150 acres (0.61 km²

) of gardens and grounds, in South Queensferry

Museum of Edinburgh Image needed LHB Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Local City history, culture, silver and porcelain
National Museum of Scotland Museum of Scotland Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Multiple Scotland's history, culture, natural history, industry, technology, science, decorative arts, personalities, sports
National War Museum of Scotland Image needed LHB Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Military Located within Edinburgh Castle, uniforms, insignia and equipment, medals, decorations, weapons, paintings, ceramics and silverware covering over 400 years of Scotland's military history
Queensferry Museum Image needed LHB South Queensferry Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Local website, local history, culture, natural history, transportation
Royal Yacht Britannia HMY Britannia Leith Edinburgh Edinburgh and Lothians Maritime Museum ship, former Royal Yacht of the British royal family
Birkhill Fireclay Mine Image needed LHB Bo'ness Falkirk Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Mining website, website, seasonal tours of the fireclay mine, access by the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway at the Birkhill railway station
Falkirk Wheel Visitor centre Falkirk Wheel + visitor center - IMG 9819 Falkirk Falkirk Canal Canal history with modern feat of engineering by Butterley Engineering
Grangemouth Museum Image needed LHB Grangemouth Falkirk Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Local website, local history, industry
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, Dunfermline Dunfermline Fife Kingdom of Fife Multiple website, life of Andrew Carnegie, local history, art and decorative arts, costumes and textiles
Burntisland Museum Image needed LHB Burntisland Fife Kingdom of Fife Amusement information, also known as Burntisland Edwardian Fairground Museum, recreated walk through the sights and sounds of the town's fair in 1910 with rides and side shows, information, accessed via the library
Crail Museum & Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Crail Fife Kingdom of Fife Local website, local history, maritime heritage, medieval church, airfield history
Culross Palace Culross Palace Culross Fife Kingdom of Fife Historic house Operated by the National Trust for Scotland, 16th-17th century furnished palace, study and townhouse with gardens
Harbourmaster's House Dysart Dysart Fife Kingdom of Fife Local website, visitor centre with exhibits about the area's coastal history, natural history, geology, maritime heritage
Hill of Tarvit Tarvit 1 Cupar Fife Kingdom of Fife Historic house Operated by the National Trust for Scotland, 20th century mansion house and gardens designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, features French and Chippendale-style furniture, porcelain and paintings
Laing Museum Image needed LHB Newburgh Fife Kingdom of Fife Local website, local history, culture
Methil Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Methil Fife Kingdom of Fife Local website, local history, culture
Scotland's Secret Bunker Secret Bunker Image 2 Anstruther Fife Kingdom of Fife Military website, Cold War-era underground bunker for the government in case of a nuclear attack
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Bus Museum. - geograph.org.uk - 82573 Lathalmond Fife Kingdom of Fife Transportation website, buses and memorabilia
St Monans Windmill St Monans windmill St Monans Fife Kingdom of Fife Mill website, late 18th century windmill and saltpans
602 Squadron Museum Image needed LHB Glasgow Glasgow Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Military website, regimental history of the No. 602 Squadron RAF, located in the headquarters of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
Burrell Collection Wfm burrell collection Glasgow Glasgow Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Art Collections include French Impressionists, late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, Ancient Civilizations
Glasgow Police Museum Image needed LHB Glasgow Glasgow Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Law enforcement website
Riverside Museum Class 15F Locomotive 3007 in George Square in 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Transportation Opening in 2011, collections of the Glasgow Museum of Transport
Colbost Croft Museum Image needed LHB Colbost Highland The Highlands - Skye and Lochalsh Historic house 19th century period crofter's cottage
Commando Museum Image needed LHB Spean Bridge Highland The Highlands - Lochaber Military website, artefacts and memorabilia of the Commandos who trained nearby and at Achnacarry during World War II
Dunvegan Castle 2007-07-05-06347 GreatBritain Skye Dunvegan Dunvegan Highland The Highlands - Skye and Lochalsh Historic house Seat of the chief of the Clan MacLeod
Ferrycroft Visitor Centre Image needed LHB Lairg Highland The Highlands - Sutherland Local website, local history, culture, natural history, agriculture, industry
Glenfinnan Station Museum Glenfinnan railway station (museum entrance) Glenfinnan Highland The Highlands - Lochaber Railway
Highland Museum of Childhood The Old Station Strathpeffer Strathpeffer Highland The Highlands - Ross and Cromarty Toys Dolls, toys, games, children’s costume and childhood furniture
Mallaig Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Mallaig Highland The Highlands - Lochaber Local website, local history, maritime heritage, fishing, culture, railway
Strathspey Railway Image needed LHB Highland The Highlands Railway
Scottish Mining Museum Image needed LHB Newtongrange Midlothian Mining Victorian colliery and underground coal mine
Moray Motor Museum Image needed LHB Elgin Moray The Highlands Automotive website, veteran, vintage, classic cars, motorcycles, model cars, memorabilia
Tomintoul Museum Image needed LHB Tomintoul Moray The Highlands Local website, local history, culture, reconstructed crofter’s kitchen and

village blacksmith’s shop, natural history

Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume DalgarvenMillBuildings Kilwinning North Ayrshire Ayrshire and Arran Multiple Historic Dalgarven watermill, museum with displays of rural life and trades including ploughing, threshing, harvesting and the village smithy, period room displays, costume collection
North Ayrshire Museum Image needed LHB Saltcoats North Ayrshire Ayrshire and Arran Local information, information, local history, archaeology, costume, transport, popular culture, maritime heritage
Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life Summerlee2 Motherwell North Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Industry Industry, technology, social impact of the Industrial Revolution, transportation and electric tramway, recreated mine and miners' cottages
Corrigall Farm Museum Image needed LHB Harray Orkney Orkney Agriculture information, information, 19th century period farmhouse and outbuildings, with peat fire, livestock, horse-drawn agriculture equipment
Kirbuster Farm Museum Image needed LHB Birsay Orkney Orkney Historic house information, information, 19th century farmhouse and outbuildings, with peat-fired central hearth, stone beds and collection of farm tools
Atholl Country Life Museum Image needed LHB Blair Atholl Perth and Kinross Perthshire Local website, local history, agriculture, social history
Castle Menzies Castle Menzies Weem Perth and Kinross Perthshire Historic house Ancestral seat of the Clan Menzies, restored 16th century castle
Huntingtower Castle Huntingtower Castle, near Perth Huntingtower Perth and Kinross Perthshire Historic house Operated by Historic Scotland, 15th to 18th century tower house
Scottish Maritime Museum Puffer kyles braehead 2004 Braehead Renfrewshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Maritime Steam related exhibits
Hawick Museum Image needed LHB Hawick Scottish Borders Scottish Borders Multiple website, art, local history and culture, natural history, archaeology, displays on motorcycle champions Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop, period schoolroom
Croft House Museum Shetland crofthouse museum Boddam Shetland Shetland Historic house information, mid-19th century croft cottage, information
George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum Image needed LHB Fair Isle Shetland Shetland Multiple Local history, natural history, art, archaeology, costumes and textiles, industry, transportation, maritime heritage
Old Haa Museum Oldhaamuseum Burravoe Shetland Shetland Local Local and natural history
Quendale Water Mill Quendale Watermill near Sumburgh Airport - geograph.org.uk - 101414 Dunrossness Shetland Shetland Mill website, restored 19th century water mill with local history and agriculture exhibits
Biggar Gasworks Image needed LHB Biggar South Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Industry website, operated by the Biggar Museum Trust, preserved gasworks
Lanark Museum Image needed LHB Lanark South Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Local website, local history, culture, industry, William Wallace, King Robert the Bruce,
Moat Park Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Biggar South Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Multiple website, operated by the Biggar Museum Trust, local history and culture, geology, archaeology, models portray early dwellings, mottes, castles and bastle houses
National Museum of Rural Life Lairds house East Kilbride South Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Agriculture Formerly the Museum of Scottish Country Life, 1950s working farm, exhibits of rural room settings and oil paintings, agriculture models and machinery
New Lanark New Lanark buildings 2009 New Lanark South Lanarkshire Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Open air Restored 19th century textile mill village
Clydebank Museum Image needed LHB Clydebank West Dunbartonshire Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Local Local history, culture, shipbuilding industry, collection of sewing machines
Motoring Heritage Centre Image needed LHB Alexandria West Dunbartonshire Automotive website, vintage and classic cars, memorabilia

Defunct museumsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Video about its demise
  2. Photos from the air
  3. Heatherbank Museum of Social Work
  4. Fife Council, accessed June 26, 2010
  5. Thomas and Jane Carlyle's Historic Sites, "Jane Baillie Welsh was born on 14 July 1801 in Haddington, East Lothian. Until recently, her parental home at Lodge Street in the centre of Haddington was a museum open to the public.", accessed June 29, 2010
  6. Lochwinnoch.info, Local Tales, "THE BATTLE RAGES ON"
  7. Culture 24, accessed June 30, 2010
  8. Moray Council, "Please note that the Peter Anson Gallery has now closed. However a catalogue of the paintings by Peter Anson in our collection is available in the Buckie Library, both in printed and computer format.", accessed 6/15/2010
  9. Monklands Online, Airdrie, "There was a Weavers Cottage Museum located in Wellwynd but this has now been closed."

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