We are constantly working to enhance and improve our storage and research facilities, to preserve and study our collections and increase access, particularly for researchers.

In June 2015, a new state-of-the art collections research, access and storage facility was unveiled at the Collection Centre. The building, which houses nearly ten million objects, enables material from our Scottish History, Archaeology and Natural Sciences collections to be preserved in optimal conditions which will both safeguard their long term future and allow a substantially greater level of access to the national collections, particularly for research purposes.

The three storey building, funded by the Scottish Government, stands at nearly 15 metres in height (nearly 50 feet) and has a floor area of approximately 6,000 square metres.

A new £2.8m project is now underway to design and construct an extension to Building 1, which stands at the entrance to the Collections Centre. 

This extension is a logical next step in our Collections Services Strategy, which aims to enhance access, and improve visitor flow, research and access capabilities at the National Museums Collection Centre. We will be providing upgraded multi-functional conservation and scientific facilities alongside existing ones, designed with the flexibility to accommodate researchers and research equipment. The building will incorporate energy efficient technologies.

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