Library, Archive and Collections

Our collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change since the eighteenth century.

Shelves at Blythe House

Library and Archives

London Library

The Science Museum Library is one of the world’s great research libraries for the history of science and technology. Its London home within Imperial College closed on 3 February 2014 and a new Research Centre with library facilities will open at the Science Museum in late 2015. Our Wroughton library is now open to the public and researchers on Fridays by prior appointment.

About the Collections

We have hundreds of thousands of objects in our collection, from aircraft to microchips.

Collections blog

Early flying machine

See what's going on behind the scenes on the Stories from the Stores blog. From Einstein's smelly feet to how pigeons hid the big bang.

Object Storage

Where we keep big and small objects in our collections.

Conservation

Object Conservation at the Science Museum

Our conservators work across a huge range of objects, with the aim to prevent any physical deterioration.

Acquisitions

We update our collections constantly. Find out about some of the things we've added recently.

Documentation

How we manage historic and current records of all our objects.

Human remains

A human articulated skeleton seen from the side, 1543.

The Science Museum currently holds approximately 900 human remains. These come from many different countries and historical periods. They include skeletal material, mummies, artefacts incorporating remains and slides with human tissues.

Enquiries

Advertisement for the telephone, 1877

Do you have a question about an object in the Science Museum's collections?