New home for ten million objects at National Museum Collections Centre in Edinburgh 13/7/2015

The new National Museums Collection Centre has been opened in Edinburgh by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.  The three storey building will house ten million objects from National Museum Scotland’s collections.  The oldest object is a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, and the collections range in size from a millimetre long Nephanes Titan beetle to a 5.2m sperm whale skull.  Chair of NMS Trustees, Bruce Minto said, “it is extremely important that the collections which are not on public display but which have enormous significance, particularly to researchers across a huge range of disciplines and countries, are kept in such a way that assures their good condition in perpetuity and which is properly organised and accessible.  This new building is an important step on the way to achieving that goal for all of the national collections.”