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National Museums Scotland


Chambers Street,



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0131 247 4422

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Opening hours:

Daily 10:30 - 16:30


Our collections departments can provide expert advice on collections, their identification, care and management to representatives from organisations holding a public collection in Scotland.

Requests can be made by email to the relevant member of staff in our Collections Directorate. Our directory is organised to help you find the support and advice you are looking for. Our Guide to Collections Advice tells you what advice we can offer you and how.

If you need help to identify the member of staff who is most relevant to your enquiry or have any questions about this guidance, please contact

Amongst this amazing collection of the nation's treasures, you can find some 700 items relating to all aspects of medical history, including Fleming’s Nobel Prize for Medicine (1945) for the discovery of penicillin, prototype apparatus used to develop the first clinically useful MRI scanner, and early devices for CT scanning and obstetric ultrasound. Older material includes items relating to Scottish folk medicine.

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