Discover our entomology collections at a behind the scenes tour of our state-of-the-art collections and research centre in Granton, Edinburgh.

Celebrate Insect Week with Entomology Curator Ashleigh Whiffin and learn more about National Museums Scotland’s fascinating insect collections.

Over one million species of insects have been described and named worldwide, so far. There are more than 24,000 species in the UK alone and we can find insects in almost every habitat. They can be pollinators, predators, pests, parasites and prey and studying them is an important part of food production, medicine, ecology and conservation.

Join Entomology Curator Ashleigh Whiffin to discover more about our collection of around 2.5 million insect specimens and find out what they’re used for.

This is an in-person tour at the National Museums Collection Centre, for those aged 14 and over. Advance booking via the NMS website is essential.

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Advance booking via the NMS website is essential.


Adult - £10
Over 65 - £9
National Museums Scotland Members - £8
Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot - £8
Carer of disabled person – free

National Museums Scotland Collection Centre Tour 2

242 West Granton Road
Scotland, UK
United Kingdom


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. Our Collection Centre is a working site which we are transforming to enable better public access.  

Our tours involve standing and walking on ground level only
If you would like a stool, let us now
The tours move between buildings, so please dress for the weather
If you will be using a wheelchair, an assistance dog, require disabled parking or have any other access requirements, please email us in advance of the tour at [email protected].



Lee McCulley
[email protected]