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Discover over 776,000 remarkable objects in the National collections.

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Behind the scenes

Take a closer look at featured objects from our collection, what we did with them, and the stories that they tell.

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LGBTQIA+ stories 🌈

Explore stories about LGBTQIA+ history and culture, with reflections from members of the community.

Explore LGBTQIA+ stories
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Climate Change

The global environmental emergency is the biggest challenge facing the world.

Find out more about the work we're doing, discover exhibitions and events, and explore stories about these global issues.

Exploring Climate Change and Biodiversity
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Our stories live on in the objects we leave behind, objects that have the power to inspire people now and in the future. But without protection these objects and their stories can be lost forever.

Please support our work by making a donation today.

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Search the collections

Our online database contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections. New records are added regularly.

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National Museums Collection Centre

Our Collections Centre in Granton, Edinburgh provides state-of-the-art conservation laboratories and enhanced storage for the national collections.

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Trade Union strike action on Wednesday 1 February 2023

Due to the UK national strike action by the PCS Trade Union, the National War Museum and the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will be closed on Wednesday 1 February 2023. The National Museum of Scotland will remain open, however some galleries may be closed. Find out more.