The National Museum of Scotland re-opened on 29th July 2011 to great acclaim, following a £47.4 million refurbishment of the Victorian building, by Balfour Beatty.
The Grand Gallery, a vast hall rising over four floors to the glass atrium, makes an immediate impression. The light, airy space, dubbed the “Window on the World”, is the largest of its kind in the UK at 18 metres (59ft). On the walls throughout the arched hall, 800 artefacts offer a taste of the museum’s eclectic collection.
Over 20,000 artefacts, gathered over the years by collectors and travellers, are housed across the museum’s 36 galleries. Entrance to the museum is free.
The opening of the new museum was a culmination of 2 years work for PFP on site where new partitions and suspended ceilings were installed in a number of the newly refurbished galleries. The main feature of this project for PFP was the extensive decoration works undertaken in the Main Gallery.