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Accreditation & Recognition

We provide guidance for those applying for the Accreditation Standard or Recognised Status.


The Museum Accreditation Scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries.

To achieve Accreditation, a museum must meet published requirements on:

  • how it is governed and managed
  • how it cares for and manages its collections
  • the information and services it offers to museum users
Read about the Accreditation Scheme


Scotland’s Recognition Scheme celebrates, promotes and invests in nationally significant collections beyond those held in our national museums and galleries.

Recognised Collections can access:

  • Recognition Fund awards of up to £60,000
  • branded assets and marketing tools
  • reviews and guidance from our specialists
Read about the Recognition Scheme