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Collection Centre Tour: Insect Week

28 Jun 2024
11:00 - 12:15 and 14:00 - 15:15

National Museums Collection Centre

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A moth specimen with black and white stripes and black and red markings on its wings.

Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758) - Tiger Moth, Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland, 13 August 1931 (ENT22042449).

© National Museums Scotland

Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758) - Tiger Moth, Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland, 13 August 1931 (ENT22042449).

© National Museums Scotland

Discover our entomology collections at a behind the scenes tour of our state-of-the-art collections and research centre in Granton, Edinburgh.

Celebrate Insect Week with Entomology Curator Ashleigh Whiffin and learn more about National Museums Scotland’s fascinating insect collections.

Over one million species of insects have been described and named worldwide, so far. There are more than 24,000 species in the UK alone and we can find insects in almost every habitat. They can be pollinators, predators, pests, parasites and prey and studying them is an important part of food production, medicine, ecology and conservation.

Join Entomology Curator Ashleigh Whiffin to discover more about our collection of around 2.5 million insect specimens and find out what they’re used for.

This is an in-person tour at the National Museums Collection Centre, for those aged 14 and over. Advance booking essential.


Friday 28 June



11:00 - 12:15 and 14:00 - 15:15


Adult - £10
Over 65 - £9
National Museums Scotland Members - £8
Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot - £8
Carer of disabled person – free

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Where to find us

National Museums Collection Centre
242 West Granton Road, Granton

Open to the public by appointment only, or through select events.

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On the day

  • There is no visitor parking available but there is on-street parking nearby. Further information on parking can be found at 
  • Parking for bicycles is available.
  • A number of buses run to the Collections Centre. More details can be found at
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to start. When you arrive, please report to Reception at the Gatehouse building on the right hand side of the entrance barrier. 
  • Ticket booking is not possible at the Collection Centre.   


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. Our Collection Centre is a working site which we are transforming to enable better public access.  

  • Our tours involve standing, walking and climbing stairs.
  • If you would like a stool, let us know
  • The tours move between buildings, so please dress for the weather

If you will be using a wheelchair, an assistance dog, require disabled parking or have any other access requirements, please email us in advance of the tour at

This event is part of Insect Week 2024.

Insect Week is organised by the Royal Entomological Society, and supported by partner organisations throughout the UK and Europe.

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