“National Museums Scotland has announced that the National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House, near New Abbey, Dumfries is to close.
As a consequence of the economic recession, National Museums Scotland, like many organisations in the public sector across the UK, has seen a reduction in available public funding.
The very low numbers of visitors to the National Museum of Costume along with high operational costs is no longer sustainable. In addition, the domestic layout of Shambellie House places limitations on it being used effectively as a national museum.”
There has been much excitement around the re-opening of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its doors re-opened today after 3 years of renovation and thousands turned out for the big event.
Originally opened in 1866 by Prince Albert, the museum has been restored in Victorian fashion and 16 new galleries have been added.
“Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland, worked with Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins and world-famous exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum, from National Museums Scotland, to restore the Victorian architecture.
He said: ‘I think when people come in for the first time will be amazed by the transformation. What we’ve really done is created a new museum in the old building.
‘You can see a wholly transformed building back to its former glory, its 16 new galleries with 80,000 exhibits and 80% of them weren’t on display previously. There’s really something for everyone.