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Enjoy our Museums at Home

Physical access to our museums and collections may be unavailable due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy our collections from the comfort of your own home.

We will be creating new resources over the coming months so if there’s anything you’d particularly like to see, feel free to email us at


St Cecilia's Hall
A close up of the keyboard of a Kirkman Harpsichord - showing two keyboards on top of each other.
  • Download our app and explore the museum from the comfort of your own home!  Find it here on the App Store or here on the Google Play Store.
  • Learn about the history of Scotland’s oldest concert room in our video 'Notes on a Historical Hall'.  This video is accompanied by BSL Translation.
  • Explore a 3D Scan of one of our rare 'violins without sides' and find out more about it in our blog post.
  • We have almost 6000 instruments in our musical instrument collection.  Explore them by searching our online catalogue.
  • Visit our Facebook page to learn about a new instrument every day from our Learning and Engagement Curator Dr Sarah Deters in our ‘Instrument of the Day’ posts.
  • If you are looking for fun to do with the family, download our colouring sheets to decorate your own harpsichord or why not try some musical instrument origami.


Art Collection
  • Discover over 8000 works of Art, collected over 400 years by searching our online Art Collection catalogue.
  • View 3D models of two panels of ECA's Parthenon Frieze casts and read our Project Development Manager's blog post about why the figures on one of our panels have heads when casts of the same panel in other collections don't. 
  • Watch our Public Art Shorts; a series of interviews with artists of some of the University's Public Art, including Nathen Coley, Susan Collis and David Forsyth. 


Anatomical Collection
  • Learn about Phrenology and the collection on the Anatomical Museum's blog.


Online Exhibitions
  • Discover all our latest online exhibitions on our new platform.
  • The University of Edinburgh is now a Google Arts & Culture partner. Discover our collections and a series of digital exhibitions on their website and app. 
  • 3O years of the Carlyle Circle: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Carlyle Circle in 2020, we’ve highlighted 30 gifts from the collections to show one of the many ways the University has been shaped by legacy giving. 
  • Art and the Playfair Library: Speaking to Absent Volumes: Working in collaboration with the Centre for Research Collections, third year students from Edinburgh College of Art have produced artists’ books inspired by volumes from the Playfair Library.


Our podcasts

Hear about objects from Art, Anatomy, Geology, Musical Instruments collections, The Roslin Institute, Lothian Health Services Archives, and the University's archive in our series of podcasts:

The Collection Series 1 

The Collection Series 2

The Collection Series 3


Follow Us on Social Media

Follow our social media accounts for regular content about our collections.

Anatomical Museum: Facebook / Twitter

Art Collection: Facebook / Twitter

Cockburn Museum of Geology: Facebook / Twitter

St Cecilia's Hall: Facebook / Twitter


Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved in working with our collections or if you are interested in pursuing a career in the heritage sector, please see our Volunteer and Intern page, which provides details of any current opportunities and a guidance document outlining a range of careers in the sector, examples of real-life careers and hints and tips about how to succeed in the sector.