The Museums Collection Centre stores a huge variety of objects from the City’s Social History, Applied Arts and Childhood collections. We also have a small conservation lab. The building is accessible but some objects are stored on an upper floor accessed by a wide metal staircase with open risers and a handrail. Accessible toilets are available.
Tours are approximately one hour; unfortunately it is not possible to provide seating during the tour in the store. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01315569536 if you have any access needs or special interest requests. We aim to make adjustments to the tour route where possible.
Tours are led by Museum Collections Centre staff and volunteers. Because we all have our own interests and perspectives, tours vary between guides. Tours are free but donations are welcome.
Dogs, trains, fires and booze
Here’s your chance to join Dave and delve into the back-room stores of Edinburgh’s museum collections. Get up very close with a vast range of incredible artefacts whilst hearing about Edinburgh’s attempts at time-keeping, the “truth” about Greyfriars Bobby and the story about Edinburgh’s own Great Fire and the birth of the modern fire brigade thanks to Fireman James. See examples of bygone train sets, still in their original boxes and hear about the escapades of Edinburgh’s citizens as they consumed alcohol in copious quantities in a bid to keep up with the brewer’s output in the most important brewing centre on the planet.
January 30th 13:30-14:30
February 27th 10:30-11:30
Toys and Trenchfoot
Join our volunteer tour guide Cathy as she leads us on a journey through the treasures of the Museum Collections Centre. Find out about some of the unique collections in the store, from chairs to churches, muskets to moulded felt dolls, and ceramics to suffragettes. Highlights include objects from the North British Rubber Company (now Hunter Boots Ltd) and a very special dolls' house.
January 14th 10:30-11:30
February 4th 10:30-11:30