Within our collections departments, our staff hold a wealth of knowledge and can provide expert advice on collections, their identification, care and management.
Collections and research
Research is core to our activities as a Museum. Fnd out more about current research projects and opportunities, contact our curatorial staff and search our collections database.
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.
Other vertebrate collections
We have a variety of other collections that cover all vertebrates, including archaeological bone, anatomical preparations and tissues.
Collections and research policies
National Museums Scotland aims to develop, manage, conserve and interpret the national collections, to ensure their preservation and benefit to the public.
Find out more about how colonial collectors gathered a broad range of objects from areas that were, and still are, considered ethnically and culturally Tibetan to some degree, including areas of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh and West Bengal.
National War Museum
Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of Scotland at war.
Museum at home
Wherever you are, there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online.
Ida Pappenheim scent bottle collection
In 1971, over 300 beautiful scent bottles were donated to National Museums Scotland. The scent bottles were collected by Ida Pappenheim. Discover the story behind this charming collection.
JG Williams collection
The Natural Sciences department houses more than 2,000 shells, insects, bird skins and bats from the collections of the legendary naturalist John George Williams.
Discover how these amazing glass models have been educating and inspiring visitors for almost 150 years.
Our Classical collection unlocks a window to a ‘birthplace of civilisation’: ancient Greece and Rome.
Ere ibeji figures
These carved wooden sculptures from West Africa represent the souls of deceased twins.