The National Museums Collection Centre at Granton, Edinburgh, provides a home for many of the objects and specimens that are not currently on display in our museums. Where else could we keep our collection of 1.2 million insects?

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The National Museums Collection Centre at Granton, Edinburgh, provides a home for many of the objects and specimens that are not currently on display in our museums. In fact, our collections are so extensive, only a small proportion can ever be shown at once.

From Moby the whale to dinosaur bones, from motorbikes to traction engines – the material gathered here is as diverse as it is vast. 

The stored material enables us to refresh exhibitions and study subjects in depth.

In conjunction with the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland we built two new buildings at Granton, providing state-of-the-art conservation laboratories and enhanced storage for the national collections.

Access to collections at National Museums Collection Centre

National Museums Scotland welcomes formal and informal research enquiries about our collections and specimens that are on display at our four museum sites or held at our National Museum Collections Centre.

During essential building work, as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded capital project, we regrettably have to restrict access to collections, specimens and staff at NMCC. This general restriction is forecast to remain in place until Summer 2016, although access to particular collections may be possible during this time. This is both for the safety of visitors and to ensure that building work can be completed on schedule.

Alternative arrangements may be made, to view objects at one of our sites, subject to availability of staff to assist with locating and making objects available. 

How to find us


National Museums Collection Centre

242 West Granton Road
Granton
Edinburgh EH5 1JA
Tel: 0131 247 4470

National Galleries of Scotland storage

The National Galleries of Scotland also has a purpose-built storage building on site holding some of their reserve painting and sculpture collections. For information on access to that part of the site, please contact the National Galleries of Scotland directly.