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Museum of Science and Industry

Collections

Have you ever wondered how museums decide what to collect or what they do with the stuff that they don't display? Find out here. Our Collections Centre holds our archive collections and about a third of the objects that aren't on display. Some might surprise you. Where else could you find the kitbox of a famous aviator stored above a machine for filling jam jars?

Most items in our collections were gifts. If you have something that you'd like to offer to the Museum, please contact us and tell us as much as possible about its history.

We welcome enquiries from people who would like to use our collections for research. If you can't visit the Museum, you can find details and images of our collections by using the Collections Online section.

About the Collections

Discover the what, why and how of our collecting and check out our range of information sheets.

Using the Collections

Our collections are available for study, handling and loan, as well as for display.

Explore the Collections

Explore our online collections and oral history databases and discover the background to one of our major collections.

Science Museum Group Journal

An innovative voice in discussions worldwide about science and its history, communication, and presentation in museums.