National Museum of Scotland to Open 10 New Galleries as Part of £80 Million Masterplan
February 19, 2016
As many as 3,000 objects are being added to 10 new galleries within the National Museum of Scotland over the next few months as a new era dawns for the facility on Chambers Street in central Edinburgh.
The new exhibits are being readied in time for a launch event on July 8th 2016, which will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the museum opening back in 1866.
Plans are in place for the scale of exhibition space being used at the museum to be increased by as much as 50 per cent, with new attractions to focus in large part on decorative art, fashion and design.
There will also soon be six galleries full of science and technology artefacts on display at the museum, which is in the process of being regenerated and expanded on a very significant scale as part of an £80 million project.
“We are now in the final phase of work as we progress towards opening our new galleries on 8 July,” said Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland.
“From Dunlop’s first pneumatic tyre to cutting edge scientific discoveries from CERN, the fashion of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Dolly the Sheep and Picasso ceramics – we have something to appeal to everyone.”
The phase of expansion set to culminate with a grand opening at the Edinburgh museum in July has been supported by £14.1 million worth of funding raised from members of the public, charity groups including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wellcome Trust, and the Scottish Government.
Donations are still being sought to help fund the ongoing efforts to expand and redevelop what has long been one of Scotland’s most impressive and most popular museums.
Backing the museum’s fund-raising efforts, author Alexander McCall Smith said: “The National Museum of Scotland, situated in the heart of Edinburgh, is a place which connects Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland through stories captured in thousands of remarkable objects.
“It’s a place which has inspired me and, with the help and generosity of the public, can inspire many more people in years to come.”
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