Unveiling History: Explore Perth's Rich Heritage at the New Perth Museum This Easter Weekend!

Unveiling History: Explore Perth's Rich Heritage at the New Perth Museum!

Get ready to embark on a journey through time as the brand-new Perth Museum opens its doors to the public, marking the culmination of a £27 million redevelopment project. This world-class cultural and heritage attraction promises to captivate visitors, shedding light on the fascinating stories that position Perth and Kinross at the heart of Scotland's captivating narrative.

At the heart of the museum lies the iconic Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, one of Scotland and the UK's most significant historical artifacts. Returning to Perthshire after an absence of over 700 years, the Stone will take centre stage as the crown jewel of the new museum. What's even more thrilling is that admission to view this historical treasure is entirely free, inviting everyone to be a part of this historic reunion.

Alongside the Stone of Destiny, explore Perth & Kinross's Recognised Collections of National Significance, showcasing the region's deep cultural history. Don't miss Star Objects like the NUWSS Banner, a striking design by Perth Suffrage Society President Mrs. Scott Murray and Miss Fleming around 1900. Also, check out the Strathmore Meteorite, the St. Madoes Stone, and the Carpow Logboat, each with interesting stories dating back to circa 1000 BC. There is all this and so much more with a mix of historical treasures that will make you go "wow" at the richness of our past.

Housed in a heritage Edwardian building, the museum itself is a piece of history, having served as a gathering place for everything from markets and concerts to political conferences and wrestling matches. Renovated by award-winning architects Mecanoo, the building has been transformed into a major visitor attraction, offering not just a journey through history but also a feast for the eyes with its stunning architecture.

The experience at Perth Museum extends beyond exhibits. Visitors can unwind and refuel at the museum's café, explore unique finds at the shop, and engage in learning and events spaces. The museum will feature a dynamic temporary exhibition program throughout the year, ensuring there's always something new to discover with every visit.

Experience the magic of Unicorn, the inaugural showcase at the Perth Museum, delving into the fascinating narrative of Scotland's national symbol. Immerse yourself in the profound significance of this beloved mythical being from ancient times to the contemporary era, exploring its connections to art, science, social movements, and popular culture. Traverse through four thoughtfully curated galleries that unveil the enduring legacy of the unicorn throughout history, shedding light on its role as a symbol of Scotland's evolving heritage and identity. The exhibition features iconic loans from across the globe, interactive displays, and seven newly commissioned artworks that delve into the unicorn's modern representation as a symbol of the LGBTQI+ community. 

Discover More: Historical Attractions in Perthshire

Extend your historical exploration beyond the museum by exploring other captivating attractions in Perthshire. From the medieval grandeur of Scone Palace to the mystical beauty of Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire offers a tapestry of historical wonders waiting to be unraveled.

1. Scone Palace: A Medieval Marvel

Scone  Palace in Perth stands as a testament to Scottish royalty and key historic moments. Once the crowning place of Scottish kings, this historic palace is steeped in regal splendour. Roam through the stunning grounds, visit the Moot Hill, where Kings of Scots were crowned, and delve into the Palace's extensive art collection. Scone Palace offers a captivating blend of history, architecture, and lush gardens that will transport you back in time.

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2. Dunkeld Cathedral: A Testament to Timeless Beauty

Nestled along the banks of the River Tay, Dunkeld Cathedral is a captivating masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The cathedral's towering spires and intricate stonework draw visitors into a realm of tranquillity and history. Wander through the hallowed halls, admire the stunning stained-glass windows, and explore the surrounding cathedral grounds, where ancient yew trees stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history.

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3. Huntingtower Castle: A Royal Retreat

Huntingtower Castle presents a picturesque scene of Scottish history. This historic castle, with its striking twin towers, has hosted some of Scotland's most notable visitors and been the stage for dramatic events. Most famously, Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1565, during her honeymoon with Lord Darnley. Explore the well-preserved interiors, climb spiral staircases, and immerse yourself in the tales of this royal retreat.

Huntingtower still harbours medieval treasures, including one of the oldest painted ceilings surviving in Scotland. The exquisite fragments of wall frescoes add an extra layer of charm to this historical gem, allowing visitors to connect with the opulence and drama of Scotland's past. 

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4. The Black Watch Castle and Museum: Military Heritage Unveiled

For those with an interest in military history, the Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth is a must-visit destination. Explore the fascinating exhibits that showcase the rich heritage of Scotland's oldest Highland Regiment, the Black Watch. From ancient artifacts to interactive displays, this museum provides a comprehensive insight into the military prowess and traditions that have shaped Scottish history.

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5. Perth Art Gallery: A Canvas of Modern Scots

Perth Art Gallery welcomes visitors with a captivating showcase of Modern Scots. Explore new permanent displays that tell the story of influential modern Scottish artists and their profound contributions to 20th and 21st-century art. The exhibition spans the last 100 years, revealing the innovative ways Scottish artists have drawn inspiration from the past and Europe. Marvel at works by key figures such as Joan Eardley and Sir William MacTaggart, as well as contemporary artists like Calum Colvin and Alison Watt.

The gallery is not just a haven for art enthusiasts; families can enjoy the popular Messy Museum, a dedicated family area. After immersing yourself in art, unwind at the gallery's coffee bar or explore the curated selection at the shop.

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6. Scottish Crannog Centre: Dive into Prehistoric Scotland

Why not visit the Scottish Crannog Centre, which aims to be the most sustainable museum when it opens this Spring. A crannog is a house built over water, and the new museum will showcase what life was like in the Iron Age. 

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Make a visit to the area truly special by immersing yourself in the rich history of Perth and Kinross at the new Perth Museum. Uncover the stories that shaped the region, witness the historic reunion of the Stone of Destiny, and set out on a journey through time in a venue that seamlessly blends heritage with modernity. Don't miss the chance to be among the first to experience this extraordinary cultural gem!