From works by Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, David Shrigley and Botticelli, there is something to satisfy every artistic palate. No group visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to one of these thought provoking spaces, given they are perfect to gain an understanding of Scottish art, science, history, engineering and culture. And what's great for groups is that admission into many of Scotland's galleries and museums is completely free. The four museum sites of National Museums Scotland - 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, are a prime example with some 2.5 million visitors passing through their doors in 2012/13. Other great museums such as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire and the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre near Stirling have only served to make Scotland a 'must visit' destination for groups interested in visits to museums and galleries. Edinburgh's compact nature makes it easy for groups to fit a range of wonderful activities into one brilliant day out in Scotland's capital.
Edinburgh Castle, home to the iconic Stone of Destiny is a must see and is best toured first thing in the morning to beat the crowds who flock to this world famous attraction every day. Edinburgh's National Gallery complex covers three major galleries across the city including The National Gallery for Scotland, The Scottish National Gallery for Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Here you can see works from artists such as Picasso, Van Gough, Monet and Henry Raeburn. Other museums include The Royal Yacht Britannia and the National Library of Scotland. Glasgow is renowned for its Victorian buildings and abundance of art galleries and museums, which include the Burrell Collection and the modern Science Centre.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free visitor attractions. Some 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries display 8,000 objects, highlights of which include a real RAF spitfire aircraft built in 1944, and Sir Roger the stuffed Asian elephant, one of Kelvingrove's oldest and best-loved exhibits.