The National Museums Collection Centre at Granton, Edinburgh, provides a safe and secure home for the objects and specimens that are not currently on display in our museums.

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.

Textile Conservation National Museums Scotland

Textile conservation in action at the National Museums Collection Centre.

Collection Centre tours

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have paused guided tours of the Collection Centre. We aim to resume these as restrictions ease.

Textiles at National Museums Scotland

Showcasing the textile collections.

Access to collections for research

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.

Conservation at National Museums Collection Centre

Conserving a Venetian Guitar. 

Collection Centre facilities

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.

Building 17 at National Museums Collection Centre

State-of-the-art collections storage and research facilities at the National Museums Collection Centre.

Photography and Research NMCC

Colleagues based at the National Museums Collection Centre hold a wide range of collections expertise.

How to find us


National Museums Collection Centre

242 West Granton Road
Granton
Edinburgh EH5 1JA
Tel: 0131 247 4470

Taxidermy at National Museums Collection Centre

The National Museums Collection Centre houses an extensive Natural Sciences collection.

National Galleries of Scotland storage

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.

Contact

National Museums Collection Centre
242 West Granton Road
Granton
Edinburgh EH5 1JA
Tel: 0131 247 4470

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