Government funding for tourist attractions 2016 to 2017: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00827
Date received: 15 March 2018
Date responded: 9 April 2018

Information requested

For the last full financial year, please provide details of any public subsidies or other monetary funding provided by the government to tourist attractions in Scotland. These tourist attractions should be permanent in nature, such as museums, art galleries, science centers, etc., not temporary attractions such as farmers markets, travelling fairgrounds, etc.


Please find below the information you have requested.

In financial year 2016/17 the Scottish Government provided funding to our Cultural Collections:

National Galleries of Scotland - £12.99m revenue and £2.45m capital,

National Museums of Scotland - £21.25m revenue and £1.35m capital,

In this regard the Scottish Government also funds the National Library of Scotland although this is a collection used primarily for research and education and as such I have not included details.

The Scottish Government also provided funding to:

National Mining Museum - £410,000 revenue and £25,000 capital,

National Fisheries Museum - £75,000 revenue and £65,000 capital,

National Maritime Museum - £420,000 revenue and £50,000 capital,

David Livingstone Centre - £30,000 revenue,

Science Centres were provided with the following funding:

Aberdeen Science Centre - £287,500

Dundee Science Centre- £373,500

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh - £940,000

Glasgow Science Centre- £1,024,000

The Scottish Government also funds a range of public bodies and organisations that it may be helpful to contact, to see what funding they provide in relation to your request. Below I include some contact details that I hope are helpful.

Visit Scotland, Scotland's National Tourism Organisation can be contacted for freedom of information requests on

Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment can be contacted for freedom of information requests on

Museums Galleries Scotland, the national development body for the Scottish museums sector can be contacted on

Creative Scotland, the national leader for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries can be contacted at

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