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.

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, Granton, Edinburgh (NMCC).

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. 

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.

Training and guidance for museums

We can provide expert advice on collections, their identification, care and management. We also offer collections and skills training to museums in Scotland.
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.

STEM engagement

Find out more about the diversity of our science collections, our research and our commitment to science communication through formal and informal learning.

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.
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