history museums in Perth & Kinross
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Perth & Kinross Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Perth & Kinross...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries

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Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY
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The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, this authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,600 year old site of 'Oakbank Crannog', one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay. Discover how and why these ancient people built their homes in the water, and experience first hand how they lived. A trip to The Scottish Crannog Centre includes a self-guided exhibition, 'hands-on' ancient crafts and technology demonstrations and a guided tour (last full tours are one hour before closing). The themed gift shop offers an excellent selection of books, crafts, and related items. Special events to actively bring the past to life, feature artists, musicians, skilled craft workers, and other specialists, together with our own team of Iron Age Guides.
Tel: 01887 830583
E-mail: info@crannog.co.uk
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blank tabATHOLL COUNTRY LIFE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5SP

This unique and lively museum gives an atmosphere of vivid reality to country life and the social history of the Atholl people using detailed facts, historical photos and stories set in a wide range of imaginative displays. Local people have given generously of their time and talents and MLA have just awarded full accreditation status to it, one of Scotland's favourite wee museums. Reg Scottish Charity: SCO35882.
Tel: 01796 481 232
E-mail: johnmonzie2@gmail.com
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Alyth Museum

Commercial Street, Alyth
Tel: 01828 633474    Fax: 01738 443505
: museum@pkc.gov.uk

Alyth Museum is located in the old Boy’s Brigade Hall and served latterly as a library. Its collections were originally formed by an informal group of local people in the 20th century. In the late 1970s they were transferred to Perth & Kinross District Council under a cypress scheme. The collections are particularly strong in local history, domestic and agricultural implements and artefacts connected with life in and around Alyth, mostly in the 19th century. There is also a small display on local 18th century inventor James Sandy who developed a concealed hinge for snuffboxes. In addition he is remembered for making artificial limbs, false teeth and musical instruments. Amongst other popular exhibits are a display of 19th Century Staffordshire pottery flatbacks and the famous Blairgowrie drunks’ cart. This was used in the 19th century to wheel home those who had enjoyed too much of the local hospitality!

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Perth Museum And Art Gallery

George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB
Tel: 01738 632488    Fax: 01738 443505
: museum@pkc.gov.uk

An exciting look at the natural and social history of Perthshire, housed in one of Britain's oldest museums. Our collections cover silver, glass, art, human history, archaeology, geology and natural history.

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Glenlyon Gallery

Bridge of Balgie, Glenlyon, Perthshire, PH15 2PP
: 01887 866 345     E-mail: glenlyonarts@aol.com

The Glenlyon Gallery specialises in original paintings and limited edition prints by Alan B. Hayman of landscape, seascape, wildlife, and field sports. Bird sculptures by the same artist are also for sale.

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Clan Donnachaidh Museum

Clan Donnachaidh Centre Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TW
Tel: 01796 483338    Fax: 01796 483338    
: secretary@clandonna.wanadoo.co.uk

The Museum tells the story of Scottish History through the life of the clansmen whilst interpreting Highland Perthshire.

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Museum of Abernethy

Mornington Stables, School Wynd, Abernethy, Perthshire, PH2 9JJ
Tel: 01738 850889     E-mail: secretary@abernethymuseum.free-online.co.uk

The Museum of Abernethy was opened in May 2000. The building, which stands within the lands of the old Culdees monastery, dates from the 18th century. Originally consisting of a byre, stable and cattle rede, it was renovated during the 1990s to house the Museum. In keeping with the aim of preserving the building's heritage, some of the original features, such as the internal stone walls and an area of cobbled floor, have been left visible. In addition to mounting exhibitions, the museum is also collecting artefacts relating to the history of the parish, recording the memories of local inhabitants, and building a photographic record of the village, its inhabitants and their various occupations.

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Heatheryford Art Gallery

Heatheryford, Kinross, Perthshire, KY13 0NQ
Tel: 01577 864212    Fax: 01577 864920

Country restaurant with fine views, peaceful, artistic setting, within sight not sound of the motorway, 3 fishing lochans, en-suite accommodation, detached cottage, craft/art exhibit, Glasgow/St Andrews 40 minutes, Edinburgh/Perth nearby.

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The Atholl Gallery

6 Atholl Street, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0AR
Tel: 01350 728855    Fax: 01577 840636
E-mail: marc@athollgallery.co.uk

The Gallery holds exhibitions throughout the year of paintings by Scottish based artists and has a continuous display of crafts, including ceramics, sculptures (ceramic, bronze and wood), jewellery, silver and glass ware.

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Scottish and Southern Energy Visitor Centre

Pitlochry Power Station, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5BX
Tel: 01796 473152

Situated within picturesque Pitlochry Power Station, the Centre features interactive exhibits tracing the history of hydro generation in Scotland from its origins in the 1940s to its current £250m refurbishment programme. There are also opportunities to design your own power station and find out how to help the environment by saving energy.

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Breadalbane Folklore Centre

Falls of Dochart, Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8XE
Tel: 01567 820254    Fax: 01567 820764
: killin@aillst.ossian.net

Overlooking the beautiful Falls of Dochart, the Centre gives a fascinating insight into the legends of Breadalbane - Scotland's "high country". Learn of the magical deeds of St Fillan and hear tales of mystical giants, traditional folklore and clan history. Housed in historic St. Fillans Mill which features a restored waterwheel. Tourist Information and gift shop.

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Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

Dundee Road, Meigle, Perth And Kinross, PH12 8SB
Tel: 01828 640612 

Displays 26 Pictish caved stones dating from the late 8th to the late 10th centuries.

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