6 November 2015
A Night At The Museum with Team YOURgb
This stunning building is simply outstanding! The National Museum of Scotland is one of the most breath-taking spaces I have seen yet, and what a privilege it is to have it on our doorstep in Edinburgh. Sarah and I met Elaine Brodie, who was incredibly passionate about this venue, and now we know why!
We walked into the new and upgraded Entrance Hall which has beautiful stone archways, vaulted ceilings, pillar lighting and pieces of history dotted around the space, providing a great setting to start off an evening drinks reception and set the tone for a unique night ahead. Elaine’s enthusiasm to show us upstairs was contagious as she guided us upstairs to the Grand Gallery – one of the most incredibly magical buildings I have seen. The Grand Gallery’s soaring glass atrium and sweeping staircases gift a fantastic setting for up to 1,500 guests. This space is host to some of the museums’ most dramatic objects, surrounding your guests with history – certainly not something you find yourself dining next to in other venues! This space is so breath-taking that all it needs is some simple lighting to enhance the already beautiful backdrop – at night it really comes alive and offers a truly magical setting for weddings, fashion shows and awards evening.
The Auditorium was our next stop; a feature that allows The National Museum to become more versatile; a 200 seat, stylish auditorium that possesses a full suite of audiovisual equipment – a superb facility for conferencing and presentations – or even a private cinema screening! This venue space also comes with exclusive use of the South Hall Gallery (an area with a private entrance and cloakroom facilities – as well as one of Jackie Stewarts Winning cars) and the named Events Space (a very versatile, light filled space) offering convenient areas for breakout sessions, workshops, catering and exhibitions. Directly outside the Auditorium there is a brilliant reminder of where you are, with a stunning, life sized, hanging spitfire plane, just to give your guests a little more to chat about…!
Our last stop was within the eye-catching turret of The National Museum, which hosts the Board and Bute Rooms. The Bute Room is a perfectly exclusive space for a private function, with the capacity for 80 guests; this circular room continues the historical theming with several interesting pieces spread throughout. A hidden, curved staircase then led us into the Board Room, which had a beautiful centerpiece of a burr maple central table as well as panoramic windows, which overlook Edinburgh’s Old Town, all the way to the Castle. Last but certainly not least, the third floor hosts a private roof terrace with 360 degree views over Edinburgh, if your guests weren’t impressed enough already, these breathtaking views would certainly cap off a brilliant night in this magical venue.
This venue is so much more than a museum and offers fantastic event spaces throughout – so unique that it provides your guests with exceptional options for a range of events. The animals may not come to life at this museum but it really offers a magical experience!