From butterflies to dinosaur bones, motorbikes to traction engines – the material gathered here is as diverse as it is vast. The material enables us to refresh exhibitions and study subjects in depth.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have paused guided tours of the Collection Centre. We aim to resume these as restrictions ease.
At this time due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to welcome researchers to the National Museums Collection Centre with the exception of essential site visits. However, we are responding to research enquires remotely as far as possible. If you have a research enquiry, please contact the relevant curatorial department.
The Collection Centre has facilities for undertaking research on collections, as well as conservation and scientific research laboratories. Analytical equipment ranges from PDA-UPLC, XRF, SEM-EDX to XRD and FTIR.
In conjunction with the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland we built two new buildings at Granton, providing state-of-the-art conservation laboratories and enhanced storage for the national collections.
National Museums Collection Centre
242 West Granton Road
Edinburgh EH5 1JA
Tel: 0131 247 4470
The National Galleries of Scotland also has a purpose-built storage building on site holding some of their reserve painting and sculpture collections. For information on access to that part of the site, please contact the National Galleries of Scotland directly.