The funding is part of a £17m project which will also see the cottage where Burns was born restored
Commenting on the award of £5.8m from the National Lottery for a museum dedicated to Robert Burns, Liberal Democrat Shadow Scottish Secretary, Jo Swinson said:
“This important award is to be welcomed.
“Robert Burns is a national icon and a beacon for Scottish culture worldwide.
“Whilst his place in literary discourse is assured, this museum will ensure his legacy is made more accessible to inspire future generations.
“This is a timely example of the vital importance of ensuring that that Lottery funding earmarked for Scotland reaches Scotland.”