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Museums and Galleries

The University of Edinburgh is home to around 200,000 artefacts, works of art, potted material, models, specimens, musical instruments and scientific apparatus.

Some collections, like the Portrait Collection, began with the foundation of the University, and form the basis of the Fine Art Collection that can be seen on the walls of the public and private spaces in the University. Others, like the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, are of international significance and are held in the Reid Museum, open to the public as well as for University staff and students.

Most collections support scholarly research, some tell the story of the University’s past, some are used daily as teaching collections, while others, such as the Natural History Collections, are DNA libraries, while yet others glorify corporate spaces - they are all are part of the University’s rich cultural holdings.

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) provides Museum support services.

Information on museum support services


Individual museums, galleries and collections

St Cecilia's Hall

Talbot Rice Gallery

Exhibition Gallery, Main Library

Art Collection

Musical Instrument Collection

Natural History Collection

Cockburn Museum of Geology

Polish School of Medicine Historical Collection

School of Scottish Studies Archive

Anatomical Museum

Chemistry Collection


Get Involved

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our museums, taking part in an internship, or you're looking for guidance on a career in the heritage sector, please see the page here.