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Museums & Galleries Edinburgh are working on an exciting behind the scenes project from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2022, which will create dynamic future exhibitions and projects, exploring stories of Edinburgh’s past.  Therefore, at this busy time, our staff are unable to accept donations, answer collection enquiries or lend to other organisations, unless there are exceptional circumstances.  This will affect the Museum of Edinburgh, People’s Story, the Writers’ Museum, the Museum of Childhood, Queensferry Museum and Lauriston Castle. These venues will remain open as normal throughout the project.


Museums & Galleries Edinburgh cares for a wide range of varied collections, including social history, literary, childhood, archaeology, fine and applied art. Many of these are Recognised by the Scottish Government as being of national significance.


They are on display across our venues, while the bulk of our reserve collections are stored at our Museums Collection Centre, where we also have research and conservation facilities. We are also responsible for the care and conservation of the City’s estate of monuments, memorials and statues.


We hold over 220,000 items in our rich and varied collections that relate to historical and cultural life in the city of Edinburgh. ‘Recognised’ status is awarded by the Scottish Government to collections of National Significance. 

The following collections have been Recognised: 

We have developed our website so that you can find out more about our collections and see some of their highlights.