The image library of National Museums Scotland comprises a vast wealth of material from our museums.

The library contains pictures from:

  • National Museum of Scotland
  • National Museum of Rural Life
  • National War Museum
  • National Museum of Flight

History, science and the arts are covered from Scotland and abroad; from archaeology to airships, gold to golfballs and daggers to dodos, we have it all!

Sample images

  • Dish by William de Morgan, c.1880-1900

    Dish by William de Morgan, c.1880-1900
  • Armlet found in Banffshire, 100-300AD

    Armlet found in Banffshire, 100-300AD
  • Iron pageant helmet, 18th or early 19th century

    Iron pageant helmet, 18th or early 19th century
  • Staffordshire stoneware teapot depicting Frederick the Great, c.1758-1765

    Staffordshire stoneware teapot depicting Frederick the Great, c.1758-1765
  • Cup of Murrhine glass made in Venice, 19th century

    Cup of Murrhine glass made in Venice, 19th century
  • Cello made by Matthew Hardie and Son of Edinburgh, 1823

    Cello made by Matthew Hardie and Son of Edinburgh, 1823
  • Lewis chessmen

    Lewis chessmen


Picture research

Picture research is undertaken quickly and efficiently and curatorial advice about the objects themselves is always at hand. Any queries large or small are welcomed.

Commercial use

Images from National Museums Scotland are available from the image library for reproduction in publications, film, television and other media.

A reproduction fee is charged for the use of any image and this fee will depend on the usage and rights required. Discounted rates are available in some circumstances. Reproduction fees do not include the supply of photographic material and this is charged at a separate rate. Customers should note that supply fees are payable even if the image is not used.

Reproduction from secondary sources, 35mm slides or low res jpegs is strictly forbidden.

Offline delivery

If an image is available as a digital file it will be dispatched within seven days of ordering. New photography, scanning and photographic reprints will take a little longer, but we aim to supply within 21 days. You will be advised if your order cannot be completed within this time.

Find out more

For further information about our services including how to order and the costs involved or how to reproduce an image for a publication or any other commercial use, please contact the image library staff, who will be happy to help with all queries and requests. 

The National Museums Scotland Image Library
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

Fax: 0131 247 4012

Find out more

Contact us

Margaret Wilson
National Museums Scotland Image Library
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

m.wilson@nms.ac.uk 
Tel: 0131 247 4026
Fax: 0131 247 4012

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