Our work has an impact across the world. Our international programme and partnerships aim to widen engagement and knowledge of the nation's collection for everyone.

Currently we are focussed on developing our international touring and research programmes, expanding our activity with existing or new partners in Europe, China, India, Japan and North America and expanding our international fundraising activity. Our International Programme 2015 outlines our recent activities and reflects our future interests.


Following our collaboration with Museums of Malawi on the ‘Museums as Agents of Change’ international skills exchange project, we began further fieldwork with them in April 2014.


National Museums Scotland has strong research connections in China, particularly in palaeobiology.


Our reach across Europe reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of our collections.


We have a long history of collaborating with museum institutions in India.


National Museums Scotland has strong connections with Japan and other countries through international research interests in our historic Japanese collections.

North America

Expanding our activity in the US is a key priority.

Pacific Region

We recently undertook a major national review of the collections from the Pacific region in museums across Scotland, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

International exhibitions

Our wide-ranging exhibition programme brings prestigious objects and artworks from around the world to audiences in Scotland, as well as showcasing our international collections.

Loans around the world

Every year National Museums Scotland lends collection objects to organisations across the world. This map shows some of the locations our objects have travelled to in the past few years.
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