We lend objects from our collection to museums around the world.

Exhibition loans

We welcome new loan requests via our online request form. Please note, the museum requires a minimum of six months’ notice from receipt of the formal loan request.

If you would like to borrow an item from our collection please read our Guide to Borrowing. You can request a loan online, in writing to the Director of National Museums Scotland, or by contacting our Registrar team at loans@nms.ac.uk.

Objects currently on display at the National Museum of Scotland will only be considered for loan in exceptional circumstances.

Download our Guide to Borrowing

Request a loan online

To find out more about our collections you can search our database or contact the Departmental Administrator of the relevant curatorial department.

Research loans

Researchers with requests for the loan of material for scientific research should contact the Departments of Natural Sciences and Scottish History and Archaeology directly. 

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