National Museums Scotland cares for Scotland's National Collections - preserving them, interpreting them, and making them accessible to as many people as possible. In 2016-17, National Museums Scotland welcomed over 3.1 million visitors across its four museum sites:
- the National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum, in Edinburgh,
- the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, and
- the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.
The National Museum of Scotland is a unique place, where the cultures of Scotland and the world meet, where arts and science intermingle, and where the full spectrum of human creativity and invention can be seen alongside the wonders of the natural world. The Museum's much-loved Victorian building contains thousands of extraordinary treasures from Scotland's National Collections, and the stories the displays tell engage a wide range of people through new and inspiring learning experiences.
Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has helped National Museums Scotland to engage people with these collections through public programming such as family programming and special exhibitions.
Player funding has also helped create thousands of opportunities for people to enjoy and benefit from the culture and heritage that these sites showcase. Activities such as family trails offer a fun way for families to interact with the collections and topics on display. Trails created thanks to support from players include the Heroes of Flight trail at the National Museum of Flight, which helps visitors to explore the site and to uncover the stories of remarkable people who shaped aeronautical history.
These programmes allow families to follow their curiosity and to learn from Scotland's National Collections in the way that best suits them, widening access to the Museum and its collections.
Feedback from families has been very positive:
- "The trail was really good. The kids really enjoyed it and it helped them to explore the museum."
- "We enjoyed the trail. Our favourite bit was finding the vampire! We liked seeing all the animals while we were doing it."
National Museums Scotland's special exhibition programme is another way the Museum engages wide audiences with key subjects covered by its collections. In 2017-18, players of People's Postcode Lottery supported the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. This stunning display of incredible wildlife images showed nature at its most impressive but also at its most vulnerable, conveying a strong conservation message. The exhibition was seen by over 50,000 people and had a deep impact for those who visited.
Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, National Museums Scotland has been awarded £1,275,000 since 2013. This vital funding has enabled tens of thousands of people to enjoy programming at the Museum, and millions to access the inspiring collections, sites and experiences that National Museums Scotland offers.