The wealth of objects in our collection represent everything from Scottish history and archaeology to applied arts and design, from world cultures ancient and modern to science, technology and the natural world.
Some of the stories our collections tell reflect events of national or international significance. Our democracy tent played its part in the establishment of the devolved Scottish Parliament, while the cloning of Dolly the sheep changed the way scientists view biological processes. Many of our treasures shed light on the distant past, like our fearsome T.rex, while others, like the tiny coffins found on Arthur’s Seat, are more mysterious.
Some of the objects highlighted here are rare and precious, others are made significant by the people who once owned them or the journeys they have made. Some are ancient discoveries, while others were made recently, especially for our collection.
New stories are added regularly as we continue to explore.