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Thursday 1st June, 2017

Behind the scenes at the National Museums: Visit to the National Museums Collection Centre, Granton

Time: 14:00-16:30 (we will gather at 13:45 for the visit starting at 14:00).  

Venue: National Museums Collection Centre, 242 West Granton Road, EH5 1JA. 

N.B. Numbers are limited to 20.  Names have to be submitted to the NMS in advance of the visit, only those on the list will be admitted. Please let us know by Friday 19th May if you hope to attend this visit, by email: (or in writing to Alason Roberts, Friends of EUL, Main Library, University of Edinburgh, George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ). If you intend to travel by car, could you please give your registration number to me in your reply so that I can give details to the NMS prior to the visit.

Lothian Buses nos. 8, 16, 27 and 47 go by the Centre, nos. 29 and 37 buses go nearby.

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 the National museums. In fact, the collections are so extensive, that only a small proportion can ever be shown at once.

From butterflies to dinosaur bones, motorbikes to traction engines – the material gathered at the Centre is as diverse as it is vast. The stored material enable staff of the Museums to refresh exhibitions and study subjects in depth.

The Collection Centre has facilities for undertaking research on collections, as well as conservation and scientific research laboratories.

In conjunction with the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland two new buildings were built at Granton, providing state-of-the-art conservation laboratories and enhanced storage for the national collections.  This is our chance to see behind the scenes at these purpose-built adjuncts to the Museum collections.

For more information on the facility, including location, see: 



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