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Museums & Galleries to Visit in Scotland

“We want to entice everyone to put a visit to a museum and gallery on their ‘must-do summer 2021’ list and rediscover the magic held inside and around Scotland’s museums and galleries. There’s so much to see on your doorstep and on your Scottish staycation! Use our map to plan a fun family day out and make memories.”  

Lucy Casot, CEO, Museums Galleries Scotland

Top ten lists 

10 of the Best Museums and Galleries in Scotland with Views 

  1. RRS Discovery and V&A Dundee 
  2. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 
  3. Glencoe Folk Museum, Highlands  
  4. Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye 
  5. Shetland Museum, Shetland Isles 
  6. Pier Arts Centre, Orkney  
  7. Leadhills Miners Library, South Lanarkshire 
  8. Trimontium, The Scottish Borders  
  9. Ellisland Farm Museum, Dumfries & Galloway  
  10. The Scottish Crannog, Perthshire 

10 of the best museums and galleries in Scotland for food  

  1. The McManus Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee 
  2. Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre, Argyll and Bute 
  3. Auchindrain, Argyll and Bute  
  4. Timespan, Highland  
  5. Gairloch Museum, Highland   
  6. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh  
  7. The Museum of Piping, Glasgow 
  8. Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen 
  9. Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Western Isles 
  10. The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Dumfries and Galloway 

10 of the best museums and galleries in Scotland for families 

  1. Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, North Lanarkshire 
  2. Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Aberdeenshire  
  3. Scottish Fisheries Museum, Fife 
  4. Moat Brae, Dumfries and Galloway  
  5. Paxton House, Scottish Borders  
  6. Highland Folk Museum, Highland  
  7. Falkirk Museum of Scottish Railways, Falkirk 
  8. Almond Valley, West Lothian  
  9. Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross  
  10. Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Fife 

To help explorers of all ages discover new and exciting places to visit, Museums Galleries Scotland has launched an interactive map as part of its #MuseumsAreGo campaign showing which venues are open for summer. 

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