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At National Museums Scotland we aim to share our collections and our expertise as widely as possible.

Our research not only sheds new light on our collections but also increases our understanding of the world, and is shared with a wide audience through exhibitions, publications and our learning programme. Loans of objects to local and international venues mean more people than ever can enjoy our treasures. We also offer free advice, training and support through our knowledge exchange programme, and by administering the National Fund for Acquisitions we help museums across Scotland enhance their collections.

International exhibitions for hire

We create inspiring and memorable visitor experiences. Through our touring exhibitions we offer our internationally important collection and diverse research to a broader range of audiences, revealing the many fascinating stories these objects tell.

Loans from our collection

From Paris to Perth, we lend objects from our collection to museums around the world. Find out where you can see our objects and how to request a loan here.
Paper fan depicting the Siege of Stirling, 1746, acquired by Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

National Fund for Acquisitions

The National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA) helps museums, galleries, libraries and archives throughout Scotland to make acquisitions for their collections.

Image library

The image library of National Museums Scotland comprises a vast wealth of material from our museums. Images from National Museums Scotland are available from the image library for reproduction in publications, film, television and other media.

Post excavation analysis

The Scottish History and Archaeology Department at the National Museum of Scotland is a leading player in the field of post-excavation analysis of finds.
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