The National Museums Collection Centre at Granton, Edinburgh, provides a home for many of the objects and specimens that are not currently on display in our museums. In fact, our collections are so extensive, only a small proportion can ever be shown at once.

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Museums Collection Centre

How to find us

National Museums Collection Centre

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

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.

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