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Revealing the Science Museum Group Collection

For over a century we have studied, displayed and cared for the nation’s scientific heritage. This incredible collection is astonishing, beautiful and world-renowned.

However, only a small proportion of the Science Museum Group collection is visible online or in our five museums. We have embarked on an ambitious project to transform public access to these historic items, enabling you to explore more of the collection than ever before.

For the first time the collection will be open to all, accessible through public tours of the collection’s new purpose-built home and freely available online through the world’s most extensive online collection of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

What’s happening now?

Our team at the Blythe House object store in west London are working hard to study, record, digitise, pack and transport over 300,000 objects to their new home at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire.

As part of our work, thousands of historic items are being photographed and published online for the first time, ready for you to explore.

We will also continue to share incredible stories from the collection through short films and long-form online content. New online tools (such as our Google Chrome extension) will help you discover items from across this vast collection.

Next steps

In February 2019 we began construction of a new building at the National Collections Centre to house the Science Museum Group Collection and provide stable conditions for its long-term preservation and care.

This new building is the size of 600 double decker buses (90m wide and almost 300m long) and features a spacious storage hall, conservation laboratories, research spaces and photography studios.

Once the new building is completed in 2020, we will begin the mammoth task of moving 300,000 objects into their new home.

From 2023, the building will welcome thousands of school children, researchers and members of the public, giving you unprecedented access to the national collection.