The National Museum of Scotland provides comprehensive conferencing facilities, versatile meeting rooms and stunning galleries to host gala dinners and social events for up to 1,500 guests.

Situated in central Edinburgh, just moments from Waverley Train Station and links to Edinburgh Airport, the museum is an unusual and inspiring destination for your next meeting or conference.

Conferences in the Auditorium Complex

  • Auditorium

    Auditorium
  • Auditorium

    Auditorium
  • South Hall, outside the Auditorium

    South Hall, outside the Auditorium
  • Lunch in the Events Space outside the Auditorium

    Lunch in the Events Space outside the Auditorium
  • Coffee in the Events Space outside the Auditorium

    Coffee in the Events Space outside the Auditorium


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. The Events Space provides an additional area for breakout sessions exhibitions and catering and a private Green Room is available for VIP guests, speakers and presenters.

If additional breakout space is required, the museums’ Board and Bute Rooms and Dunfermline Room can also be hired.

Day delegate rates are available from £37 per person.

The Auditorium

Maximum Capacity

Facilities

Theatre Style

200

The auditorium boasts a screen, onsite technicians, a podium, flip charts and microphones.

South Hall

Maximum Capacity

Facilities

Reception

200

This ground level space has a private entrance with dedicated security throughout your event, cloakroom facilities, digital signage and fully accessible toilet facilities.

Events Space

Maximum Capacity

Facilities

Buffet catering

200

This versatile and light filled space can accommodate a range of requirements. Furniture, linens and screens for exhibitions are included in the hire.

Exhibition

200

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Meetings in the Board and Bute Rooms

  • Dinner in the Boardroom

    Dinner in the Boardroom
  • Bute Room

    Bute Room
  • Dinner in the Bute Room

    Dinner in the Bute Room
  • Roof terrace

    Roof terrace
  • The Tower Entrance to the National Museum of Scotland

    The Tower Entrance to the National Museum of Scotland


The Board and Bute Rooms provide a suite of distinctive meeting spaces and a spectacular roof terrace for your exclusive use. 

The striking Bute Room is a flexible and elegant space that can accommodate a variety of events, from seminars, away days and workshops to drinks receptions, whisky tastings and dinners. Directly above, the Boardroom has an in-built plasma screen and features a burr maple central table and spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, an inspiring space for board meetings or breakout activities. Guests also have access to a private roof terrace, the perfect place to relax and refresh between sessions.

The Bute Room

Maximum Capacity

Facilities

Reception

80

This flexible space can accommodate a variety of event styles and furniture. Registration and cloakroom facilities are also available here.

Theatre style

50

Banquet

50

Cabaret

30

The Boardroom

Meeting

24

The boardroom features a 70” LCD screen with audio.

Reception

50

The Roof Terrace

Reception

50

The roof terrace features fixed bench seating and lighting for evening events.

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Gala dinners and social evenings

  • The Red Hot Chilli Pipers performing in the Grand Gallery

    The Red Hot Chilli Pipers performing in the Grand Gallery
  • Dinner in the Grand Gallery

    Dinner in the Grand Gallery
  • Aerial artist performing in the Grand Gallery

    Aerial artist performing in the Grand Gallery


The National Museum of Scotland is a spectacular destination for the social events in your conference programme. Whether you are planning an intimate drinks reception, productive networking event or spectacular gala dinner, our galleries and private rooms present an unforgettable backdrop for events with up to 1,500 guests. 

Specialising in bespoke event management for occasions on every scale, our experienced team will ensure that your social programme is as inspiring and memorable as your key conference sessions.

Find out more about the unique and versatile event spaces available within the National Museum of Scotland .

The Grand Gallery

Maximum capacity

Dinner

950

Dinner Dance

700

Reception

1500

The Entrance Hall

Reception

700

Hawthornden Court and
Kingdom of the Scots Gallery

Dinner

120

Reception

700

Early People gallery

Dinner

120

Reception

250

Board and Bute Rooms

Dinner

50

Reception

80

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Contact us

NMS Enterprises Ltd

National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
T: 0131 247 4113
F: 0131 247 4307
E: hospitality@nms.ac.uk