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Research is core to our activities as a Museum. Here you can find out more about current research projects and opportunities, contact our curatorial staff and search our collections database.

Our research

Research is core to our activities as a Museum, crucial to our stewardship of collections and to the intellectual development of subject knowledge.

Research opportunities

There are many opportunities for undertaking research with our staff and our collections.

Research facilities

National Museums Scotland offers a range of research facilities.

Search the collections

Our online database contains a selection of the 12 million objects and specimens in our collections.

Our collections

The wealth of objects in the national collection represent everything from Scottish and international archaeology to applied arts and design, from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.

Collections departments

Within our collections departments, our staff hold a wealth of knowledge and can provide expert advice on collections, their identification, care and management.
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