Metaphor in £13m National Museum of Scotland project

Metaphor Communications is working on exhibition design for the galleries at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Grand Gallery National Museum of Scotland

Source: National Museums Scotland

Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland

National Museums of Scotland has awarded Metaphor Communications an exhibition design contract for the interpretation of ten galleries at The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

The project is worth £13m and according to National Museums of Scotland will see Metaphor create galleries showcasing the museum’s ‘internationally important Science and Technology and European art and Design Collections’.

Metaphor beat six other consultancies to land the contract worth between £620,000 – £1,000,000.

It will help NMoS with its Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application, phase three of the NMoS Masterplan and delivery of the ten-gallery project.

Window on the World landscape, National Museum of Scotland

Source: National Museums Scotland

Window on the World landscape, National Museum of Scotland

Around 75 per cent of the objects going on display in the galleries will be seen ‘for the first time for a generation or more’ and serve to ‘champion excellence and innovation, offering an inspirational resource for the scientists, engineers, artists and designers of tomorrow,’ the spokeswoman says.

The Masterplan is a £70m vision initiated in 2004, which saw the National Museum of Scotland’s 200-year-old building extensively refurbished and re-opened in 2011 with 16 new galleries.

The ten art, design, science and technology galleries being designed by Metaphor are an extension of this work and are expected to be completed by 2016.

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