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Scotland's Museums & Galleries

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
Winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2020, Aberdeen Art Gallery has steadily grown its collection since its opening in 1885. The Gallery holds works by important Scottish artists such as Henry Raeburn, William Dyce and Joan Eardley, and a growing contemporary collection including sculptures by Kenny Hunter and Barbara Hepworth.
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Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Located near the harbour in in the historic Shiprow, Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s connection with the sea. From early fishing, trade, and shipbuilding, through to the discovery of North Sea oil and the transition to green energy, the collection includes highlights such as ship models, a complete lighthouse lens assembly and the entire deck of a historic steamer.
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Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Situated within Aden Country Park, Aberdeenshire Farming Museum recreates the experience of farming and agriculture in North East Scotland. Telling the history of the land and the people who farmed it.
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Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Almond Valley offers a huge variety of fun and informative activity for people of all ages. The fields, woods and green spaces of the Almond Valley site extend for nearly a mile either side of the river Almond. At its heart lies the old buildings of Livingston Mill and the nearby Mill Farm which is home to all manner of animals. The shale oil museum, a collection which has been Recognised as being of national significance to Scotland, contains fascinating interactive displays.
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Alyth Museum
The Alyth Museum, located in the old library in Alyth, tells the story of the community with photographs of the village and its environs. The collection includes local agrarian history and cottage industries. A notable item in the collection is the Blairgowrie Drunk’s Cart which was used in the 19th century to return those who had enjoyed a little too much of the local hospitality, back to their homes.
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Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh
The Anatomical Museum at University of Edinburgh is part of the School of Biomedical Sciences within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The collection includes dissection specimens, skeletons and teaching models as well as a significant collection of archive material and rare books. The collections contribute to the story of Edinburgh’s role in the teaching and practice of medicine, which directly influenced the understanding and practice of medicine across the world. 
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Anatomy Museum, University of Aberdeen
The Anatomy Museum at the University of Aberdeen contains a wide-ranging collection, with specimens that can be traced back to the 1870s. The collection has been driven by the research and teaching activities of University staff since the late 19th century, which excellent collections of skeletal material, human tissue specimens, modern and historical anatomical models, and anatomical works on paper, including anatomical watercolours. Due to legal constraints, access to the collection is restricted to medical students and researchers.
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Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish born Industrialist and Philanthropist whose life was a true “rags-to-riches” story. The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum chronicles his life story from the weaver’s cottage in which he was born, to the present-day charitable trusts and foundations that he established. The wider museum collection also contains objects relating to the life of Carnegie and his family.
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Annan Museum
Annan Museum houses a permanent exhibition on the history of Annan and the local area. The museum covers the prehistoric period up to the post World War II era. The museum also displays archelogy items are part of the Recognised Collection cared for by Dumfries and Galloway Museum Service.
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Arbroath Abbey
Located in the medieval ruins of the abbey, founded by William the Lion in 1178, the museum exhibits carved stones that once formed part of the monastic buildings and archaeology discovered across the site.
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Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
The Signal Tower Museum details the history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the world’s oldest working sea-washed lighthouse. The museum outlines how the lighthouse was designed and built by notable engineer, Robert Stevenson, and shares experiences of the lives of lighthouse keepers living and working on Bell Rock. The collection provides an insight in to Arbroath’s fishing and maritime activities.
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Arbuthnot Museum
The Arbuthnot Museum is named after local collector and philanthropist Adam Arbuthnot, who donated his private collection to form the museum. The displays cover Peterhead's history and its connections with the fishing and whaling industries. The collections include a significant coin collection and ethnographic artefacts which are of international interest. 
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A group of teenagers in military uniform stand together in a group, listening to an older adult with light skin, glasses, and a military uniform. They are standing in a room of displays at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
Located within the Kings Old Building in Stirling Castle, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum covers the history of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders who amalgamated in 1881 to form the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment. The collections include paintings, uniforms, weapons, silver, regimental colours, pipe banners, and medals. 
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Art Collection, University of Stirling
The University of Stirling Art Collection comprises of 20th and 21st century Scottish contemporary paintings, prints, tapestries and sculptures. The collection was founded by Professor Tom Cottrell, the University’s first Principal, in 1967. He believed that art should be on display across the campus as “part of the everyday life” of staff and students. The Collection is displayed in the Pathfoot Building gallery space, and large outdoor sculptures are visible in the grounds of the campus.
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Atholl Country Life Museum
In the former village school of Blair Atholl, the museum encourages visitors to explore the characters of the area, experience a reconstruction of a 1930s post office, and learn about the area's agricultural past.
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Auchindrain
The best-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township, the museum offers the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the settlements and see how ordinary people worked and lived.
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Auld Kirk Museum
The Auld Kirk Museum, based in one of the oldest buildings in Kirkintilloch, features displays on the local history of the area and artwork by notable local artists.
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Baird Institute Museum
The Baird Institute is home to a local museum, holding collections of Mauchline Ware and other items of Cumnock Pottery as well as a wide range of resources relating to the history of Cumnock and the Doon Valley area. It also has a changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions, events and workshops.
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Banchory Museum
Banchory Museum features local history displays, including the life of Banchory-born musician and composer James Scott Skinner, and the town's connection to Royal Deeside.
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Bell Pettigrew Museum
Part of the University of St Andrews, the museum dates from 1912 and has a fantastic display of fossils, skeletons, taxidermy, and spirit collections housed in original display cases.
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Bennie Museum
The Bennie Museum, located in Bathgate, is a museum of local history and life. It is run entirely by volunteers under the management of a Charitable Trust. The Museum offers special exhibitions on a regular basis, covering subjects as diverse as the annual Newlands Day Procession, local anniversaries, and subjects of general interest, such as toys, as well as public lectures and school visits.
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Bernera Museum
Bernera Museum tells the story of Bernera’s history, with a collection that includes artifacts from the Iron Age Village dig at Bosta Beach, stories of events within local history, and equipment and artifacts form local industries, including fishing. The genealogy of local families and crofts are collected and shared in the Museum’s archive, and they welcome visitors looking to explore their ancestry. The Museum also contains Bernera Community Café, which is run by volunteers and offers home made soup, hot and cold snacks, and home baking.
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A long museum gallery with a glass ceiling. Shop fronts on either side of the gallery evoke a 19th century Scottish high street. In the middle of the gallery is a wooden open-top carriage with leather seats.
Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum
Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum sits in the heart of Biggar and has large collections of local natural and social history. It contains numerous faithful reconstructions of historic shops in its Gladstone Court Streetscape, including an apothecary’s shop, grocer, bookmaker/printer, and ironmonger. Recently refurbished, the museum has a shop and community space that is used by schools, art groups, and local history researchers.
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Black Watch Castle and Museum
The Black Watch Museum is located in the centre of Perth and offers an opportunity to for visitors to immerse themselves in the extraordinary history of the Black Watch Regiment, formed in 1739. The collection is wide-ranging, including uniforms, fine art, medals, photography, diaries, weapons and military equipment, alongside film and oral history records, from the establishment of the regiment up to present day conflicts. The museum offers quiet times (With reduced light and sound) for those who need a calmer space to explore the story of Scotland’s oldest Highland regiment on Thursdays and Sundays.
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Blackridge Community Museum
Blackridge Community Museum shares physical and digital exhibitions that explore the stories of Blackridge’s rich past. The museum collection includes Blackridge’s digital mining memorial, as well as a mining exhibition which has been co-curated by pupils from Blackridge Primary School. The museum is open on Mondays and Tuesday evenings.
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Borders Textile Towerhouse
Borders Textile Towerhouse tells the story of the region’s knitwear and tweed industries in a beautiful restored 16 century towerhouse. Located in the heart of Hawick, Border Textile Towerhouse collections of garments, artifacts and photographs display bring to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries. The museum changing exhibitions of contemporary fashion, design, art, and craft continue to display the significance of Hawick in the global world of quality textiles. The building is a focal point of Hawick’s annual Common Ridings.
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A two-storey building made of dark red stone. It has a large arched window, and a clock in its gable.
Brechin Town House Museum
Brechin Town House Museum is located in the centre of the Cathedral City of Brechin, and contains local history exhibitions, including a model of Brechin in miniature, based on the 1822 map created by cartographer John Wood. Brechin Town House Museum features a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions, including visual art as well as a variety of fascinating talks.
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A large fortified home with red stone walls and a grey tiled roof. It stands on a hill behind an ornamental garden.
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle, located on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, was originally built by the powerful Hamilton family and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
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Broughton House and Garden/ E A Hornel Art Gallery and Library
Situated on the banks of the River Dee in Kirkcudbright, Broughton House was the home of Scots impressionist artist E. A. Hornel between 1901 and 1933. The house contains a library of 15,000 books collected by Hornel, including a 2,500-volume collection relating to Robert Burns. The library also holds Hornel's archive of newspaper clippings, letters, and other material. The studio is maintained as it would have looked when the artist was at work. Paintings by Hornel and antiquities collected by him can also be seen here, as well as in Kirkcudbright Galleries and the Stewartry Museum.
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Broughty Castle Museum
Broughty Castle, built in 1496, sits on a rocky promontory at the mouth of the River Tay. The Castle Museum houses displays on the people, environment and wildlife of the local area, with sweeping views over the river. Only minutes away from Broughty Ferry beach and esplanade, the Castle offers a changing programme of events, activities, and displays.
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Broxburn Community Museum
Broxburn Community Museum, located in Broxburn, located in Broxburn Library, explores the social and industrial history of the local area. Current exhibitions showcase what life was like in the Broxburn miners' rows and explore leisure activities in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Buckhaven Museum
Buckhaven Museum, adjacent to Buckhaven Library, celebrates the industrial and social history of the local area, from fishing village to mining town. Social and culinary history is explored in a replica 1920s kitchen, which looks at changes to cooking habits over the past century.
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Burns House Museum
The Burns House Museum in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, is based at a farm in Mossgiel, where Burns and his wife Jean Armour lodged whilst preparing for their move to Ellisland Farm in Dumfriesshire. Through the display of original manuscripts, objects, and contemporary commissions, the Museum interprets Burns’ time in Mauchline and his relations with many of its residents, who influenced his most prolific period of work. The museum’s Robert Burns Collection is officially recognised as being of national significance as part of the wider collections cared for by the Museums of the Burns Scotland Partnership.
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Burrell Collection, The
Housing the vast and varied collections of Sir William and Constance Burrell, The Burrell Collection is situated in a purpose-built museum in the heart of Pollok Country Park, Glasgow. The collection of over 9000 objects ranges from Qing Dynasty vases to paintings by Edouard Manet.
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Bute Museum
Located in a purpose-built building gifted by the 4th Marquess of Bute in 1926, the museum explores the history of Bute and the area's natural history. The collection includes the "Queen of the Inch" jet necklace.
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Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock Castle, one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, is triangular in plan with a wide moat, twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements. It was in the possession of the Maxwell family from the 13th to 17th centuries and was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence. The site has a café and exhibition space looking at the role of the Castle across the centuries. It is situated close to an RSPB site.
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Callendar House
Set within Callendar Park, featuring a section of Roman Antonine Wall, Callendar House has a changing programme of contemporary and visual art exhibitions.
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Castle Douglas Art Gallery
In 1938 a talented artist called Ethel Bristowe gifted Castle Douglas Art Gallery to the town. The gallery was developed in 1996 and now forms a venue for contemporary art and craft exhibitions. The programme runs from March to Christmas showcasing both group and individual works from across the region.
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Castle of St John Heritage Centre
The Castle of St. John sits at the heart of Stranraer. It was built by one of the most powerful Lairds of Wigtownshire, Ninian Adair of Kilhurst, and dates to around 1500. Through its history, the Castle was a tower house, a lodging for government troops during the ‘Killing Times’ when the Covenanters were persecuted by the Crown, as well as Victorian prison. All these periods are covered in a museum exhibition within. Original architectural features include a garderobe and pit prison, and fine views can be had from the tower roof. It also has interactive displays on each floor for children.
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Centre for Research Collections and Art Collection
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City Art Centre
City Art Centre is located in the middle of Edinburgh, directly opposite Waverley Station. It is managed by Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, and contains the internationally renowned art collection of the City of Edinburgh. The Scottish Art Collection of City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries is a Recognised Collection of National Significance which is displayed largely at the City Art Centre.
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Clan Macpherson House and Museum
The Clan Macpherson Museum holds objects relating to the history of the Clan Macpherson, and is located in Newtonmore, Highland – the centre of ‘Macpherson Country’.
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Clydebank Museum
Clydebank Museum celebrates the town’s history of engineering and industry, and contains a wide range of objects related to these industries. Of particular note is the museum’s collection of Singer Sewing Machines, which were manufactured in the town from 1884 until 1981. The museum collection includes examples of both domestic and industrial machines, and is displayed alongside other artifacts related to the Singer company and the people who worked in the factory.
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Cockburn Museum University of Edinburgh
Cockburn Museum holds an extensive collection of geological specimens that reflect the whole spectrum of Earth science materials. This includes minerals, rocks, meteorites and fossils, as well as historical objects such as maps and photographs.
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Coldstream Museum
Coldstream Museum covers the history and culture of this Scottish borders area, including the famous Coldstream Guards. The museum's Courtyard Gallery features temporary exhibitions promoting local artists and contemporary art.
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Colzium Museum
The displays in the Colzium House and Museum share the heritage of the surrounding area and include objects from the nearby castles of Colzium and Kilsyth as well as photographs and artefacts from the domestic and industrial settings of the locality.
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A long, single-storey building with grey stone walls, two open doorways, and a turf roof. Outside the building is a large red wheel, a mangle, a barrel, and the wooden shafts of a cart.
Corrigall Farm Museum
Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ laid out as a typical Orkney farmhouse would have been in the late 19th century. The site has a working barn, grain kiln, horse-drawn machinery and livestock. A peat fire recreates the atmosphere of the farm.
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Crail Museum & Heritage Centre
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Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture
Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture is situated in the heard of Crawfordjohn – a predominantly rural community in the hills of South Lanarkshire, close to the border with Dumfriesshire. The museum is situated in a former church, and houses collections relating to the village and surrounding area. It also has a strong family history resource.
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Cromarty Courthouse Museum
Cromarty Courthouse Museum is an A-listed 18th century building dedicated to the history of Cromarty and its neighbouring parish of Resolis. The museum is free to enter and contains a courtroom, jail cells and a temporary exhibitions space, as well as permanent displays on local industry, trade, and traditions. Soundscapes and mannequins add to the immersion of the courtroom and cells.
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Culross Palace, Town House and Study
Run by the National Trust for Scotland, Culross is a rare example of a 17th/18th century burgh. In the centre of its cobbled streets is the palace, with its original painted woodwork and restored interiors.
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Cumbernauld Museum
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Cumbernauld Museum has collections of maps, photographs, artefacts and audio-visual material that bring the area’s rich heritage. The museum tells the tale of Cumbernauld, the surrounding area, from pre-history to the Romans and on through the 19th century, to the development of the new town in the 1960s.
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D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is part of the University of Dundee, located in the Carnelley Building, just behind the main University Tower Building in the city centre. Founded based on the collection of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, a professor of biology at University of Dundee, in the 1880s. The Museum has many thousands of specimens, aiming to keep the feel of the original Victorian museum, while also updating the interpretive approaches to allow 21st century visitors to explore a range of stories, including those of Antarctic exploration, zoological extinction, and the development of Dundee’s 19th and 20th century industries.
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Dalgarven Mill/ Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume
Housed in a working Victorian granary mill, Dalgaven Mill showcases the industry and rural life of the surrounding area. A dedicated costume collection is housed on the ground floor.
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Dalkeith Museum
Dalkeith Museum is located in Dalkeith’s A-Listed Victorian Corn Exchange in Midlothian. Run by Dalkeith History Society, the Museum explores the rich history and heritage of Dalkeith. The oldest artifact in the Museum is a whinstone head, believed to be Roman, while the Museum also tells the exciting stories of the town’s social, industrial, and cultural past through the 19th and 20th centuries.
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David Livingstone Birthplace
Set within parkland on the banks of the river Clyde the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum explores Livingstone's life. The collection includes many of Livingstone's personal belongings as well as items collected by Livingstone during his international expeditions. The museum has a legacy space which is intended to give a balanced view of Livingstone and the contradictory nature of his work.
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Dean Castle
Dean Castle was the home and of the Boyd family for over 400 years, it tells the story of medieval life and displays East Ayrshire’s stunning collection of arms, armour and early musical instruments.
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Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, located in Dumbarton, highlights how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative and experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963. At this family-friendly museum, you can see see the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the length of a football pitch, learn about the builders of the famous Cutty Sark, and enjoy interactive games, trails, and activities.
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Devil’s Porridge Museum
Focussed on the HM Factory Gretna, the Devil’s Porridge Museum explores the intertwined stories of military and civilian life on the Solway Coast from the First World War onwards.
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Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery
Opened in 1901, the Dick Institute is a 4 star attraction which offers a programme of temporary exhibitions, permanent displays of the museum’s diverse collections and innovative work by contemporary artists, film makers and young people from the area. The South Museum and Loom Room feature stories of the local and social history of the area. A recent refurbishment and the addition of a cafe make this a great place to visit.
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Dingwall Museum
Located in Dingwall’s historic Town House, this museum charts the history of the area from Pictish tribes and Viking settlers through to the modern day. The museum has large displays on the town’s political, military, and commercial history.
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Discovery Point
Dedicated to Dundee’s maritime heritage, Discovery Point's collection includes the RRS Discovery - a ship built for Antarctic exploration. Discovery Point is housed in a building with a unique Discovery Dome which offers an immersive experience of the city and the River Tay.
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Duff House
Housing a collection including paintings from the National Galleries Scotland, Duff House is located near the royal burgh of Banff in the North East of Scotland. Since its construction as a baroque-style country house in the 18th century, Duff house has been used variously as a family home, hotel, sanatorium and prisoner-of-war camp, finally opening for its current use in 1995.
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Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
A small independent museum that covers the history of aviation in region. The museum has a collection of aircraft, including a Battle of Britain veteran Loch Doon Spitfire, a supersonic Lightning Fighter and a wartime assault glider collection. There are dedicated displays on the Home Front, RAF Dumfries and the Bomber War, and has the only dedicated Airborne Forces collection in Scotland.
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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
Dumfries Museum was founded in 1835 as an astronomical observatory and museum in an eighteenth-century windmill. A camera obscura was installed and opened to the public in 1836 and this is still in use and is regularly demonstrated to visitors. The museum tells the story of the land and people of the region; prehistoric fossilised footprints, natural history collections, tools and weapons from prehistory, stone carvings by Scotland’s first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home. The museum also hosts a programme of special exhibitions, events and family activities throughout the year.
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Dunollie House Museum
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Elgin Cathedral
Elgin Cathedral, known as the "Lantern of the North", is a ruined medieval Cathedral. Permanent exhibitions tell the story of the Cathedral and the people who built it.
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Elgin Museum
Elgin Museum is the oldest independent museum in Scotland, and is located in the centre of the town, near the cathedral. The museum cares for the renowned Fossil Collection of Elgin Museum, which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance.
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Ellisland Museum and Farm
Ellisland Farm was built by Robert Burns in 1788, adjoining a fertile strip of land on the River Nith. Burns lived there with his young wife Jean Armour and their family until 1791. During this time, Burns farmed the land and wrote much of his best-known work, including Auld Lang Syne and Tam o Shanter, My Heart’s in the Highlands, The Banks of Doon, Killiecrankie and John Anderson. Two rooms of the farmhouse have been preserved – including the original parlour - and a collection of artefacts and manuscripts can also be viewed, as well as outbuildings and the wider site with walks along the river.
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Fife Folk Museum
Located in the village of Ceres, and housed in a former tolbooth, weaver’s cottages and a contemporary visitor centre the Fife Folk Museum tells the story of the people of Fife through its social history collection.
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Fyvie Castle
Set in picturesque grounds with loch and walled garden, Fyvie is an 800 year old fortress full of art, tapestries and antiques. It holds a large collection of portraits by Raeburn, Gainsborough and Romney amongst others. Look out for the death mask of a murderer in the library.
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Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Situated in a large, neoclassical, former merchant’s home in the heart of Glasgow, GoMA engages audiences through their vast modern art collection. Drawing on their building’s history of exchanging information and goods, GoMA centres the sharing of ideas and creativity through their evolving exhibitions and learning programmes.
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George Waterston Memorial Museum
Located in the ‘Auld Skül’ on Fair Isle, George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum tells the Island’s story through its intertwined social, natural and archaeological histories, including its world-famous knitting heritage.
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Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
Containing the extensive collections of Glasgow Museums when they are not on display, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) is housed in a large, purpose-built facility. The approximately 1.4 million objects in GMRC are spread across a vast array of subject areas – from natural history to technology – and are available to visit through pre-booked tours.
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Glasgow Police Museum
The Glasgow Police Museum tells the story of Britain’s First Police Force, The City of Glasgow Police, from their inception in 1779 through to their standing down in 1975. A volunteer-run museum, they share the force’s history through a unique collection of uniforms, artefacts and photographs.
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Glasgow School of Art, The
Housed in The Whisky Bond, The Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) Archives and Collections reflect GSA’s lifetime as a centre for teaching and learning and are viewable both online and by appointment in person. Annually expanded with new student work, The GSA Archives and Collections contain mostly physical objects such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and archival materials. There is also a small, growing collection of additional born-digital material.
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Glenfinnan Station Museum
Situated in a working railway station on the ‘Iron Road to the Isles’, Glenfinnan Station Museum tells the story of this scenic train route and the people who created it. The museum’s collection includes a restored 1901 signal box, the Jacobite steam train and a refurbished sleeping car.
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Gordon Highlanders Museum, The
The Gordon Highlanders Museum tells the stories of the variety of men who made up the regiment across its two-hundred-year history, through its collection of memorabilia, artefacts, and regimental silverware. The museum is located in the former home of a prominent Aberdonian artist, and a reconstructed Moffat Trench can be explored in the museum’s grounds.
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Gracefield Arts Centre
Based in Dumfries, Gracefield Arts Centre hosts a changing schedule of temporary exhibitions, both from its own archive and from local, national, and international artists. Gracefield Arts Centre’s collection houses over 600 examples of Scottish paintings, drawings, and original prints.
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Grampian Transport Museum
Grampian Transport Museum is home to many interactive artefacts, from 19th-century travelling chariots to a 1980s Grampian Police Rover. The museum is based on and around the site of an old railway terminus in the village of Alford.
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Grantown Museum
Housed in Burnfield House, Grantown Museum cares for and exhibits the archive of Grantown Society, which illustrates the history of the local area, including as the traditional home of Clan Grant. Burnfield House began its life as the Grantown Female School in 1861, and became home to Grantown Museum and Heritage Trust in 1995, opening to the public in 1999.
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Halliwell’s House Museum
Located on a row of some of the oldest houses remaining in Selkirk, Halliwell’s House is named after its wig-maker owner Walter Halliwell. The museum tells the story of this eighteenth-century building and the local town through a large collection of industrial heritage objects, as well as displays on the Selkirk Common Riding Festival.
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Hawick Museum
Hawick Museum’s collection covers a broad range of subjects from the natural world to Ancient Egypt and their relation to the local town. The museum is housed in a historic 18th-century mansion, set in expansive grounds.
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Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive’s collection documents the life of Heriot-Watt University, its surrounding community, as well as Southern Scottish textile Heritage. The museum is situated in the university’s Cameron Smail Library in Edinburgh.
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Highland Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum provides a unique look into the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands. The museum features a range of authentic buildings, artifacts, and interactive exhibits that help bring the past to life. A highlight of the museum is the recreated 19th-century rural Highland village, featuring a schoolhouse, post office, and a smithy.
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Highland Museum of Childhood
Housed in a Victorian Railway Station in the spa village of Strathpeffer, The Highland Museum of Childhood shares histories of childhood in the Highlands through themes such as crofting life, schooling, and early years. Their collection includes interactive toys and games, allowing visitors a chance to reminisce.
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Highlanders Museum/ The Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Museum
Based within Fort George, this former Lieutenant Govener's house is now home to a nationally recoginsed collection of military artefacts.
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Hill House, The
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh in 1900, The Hill House is situated in Helensburgh. The Hill House displays a unique collection of ‘Glasgow style’ furniture, textiles and architecture, and tells the story of its design and the Blackie family who lived there.
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Historylinks Museum
Historylinks Museum shares stories of Dornoch’s heritage from pre-history through to its current image as a golfing town, through its wide-ranging collection. The museum is housed in a purpose-built Heritage Hub.
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HMS Unicorn
HMS Unicorn is a preserved sailing frigate of the Royal Navy, launched in 1824. Now a maritime museum, located in Dundee, the museum showcases the life of the Royal Navy in the 19th century, with many interactive displays and artefacts. Visitors can explore the many decks of the ship and experience life on board a sailing frigate.
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House of Dun
A vast Georgian country house constructed in the 18th century to replace a medieval tower house, House of Dun contains a collection ranging from Jacobite artefacts to Angus Folk objects.
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Hugh Miller’s Cottage
Named after a local geologist, palaeontologist and folklorist, Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum on the Black Isle contains a collection as diverse as Miller’s own interest – ranging from manuscripts to a spinning wheel.
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Hunterian, The
At the heart of the University of Glasgow since 1807, The Hunterian is an invaluable academic and community resource. The Hunterian cares for some Scotland’s finest collections that cover subjects as diverse as the history of medicine, archaeology, zoology and art. Its venues include the Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House. The oldest public museum in Scotland, The Hunterian is at the forefront of university museums around the world.
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Iona Abbey Museum
Iona Abbey Museum contains a special collections of carved stone crosses, dating all the way back to the 9th Century alongside archaeological artefacts from the island. Located on Iona, the museum is housed beside the abbey, in what was believed to have been the infirmary.
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Isle of Arran Heritage Museum
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Jedburgh Abbey
Based in the Scottish Borders, Jedburgh Abbey houses a collection of early Christian artefacts which are older that the Abbey itself. The Abbey was constructed in the 12th century – one of four dating from this period in the Scottish Borders.
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Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
The Jim Clark museum tells the story of Scotland’s first Formula One World Champion- one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. During a career lasting over 11 years, Jim Clark secured double Formula One World Championships, conquered the Indy 500 and won many other races around the world during the 1950s and 60s. This vibrant visitor attraction is a must for motor racing fans and everyone looking for a great day out. As well as viewing many of the trophies that Jim Clark won throughout his career, the museum offers a changing programme of exhibitions and features period cars associated with Jim Clark. 
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John Gray Centre
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John Muir’s Birthplace Museum
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John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum
John Paul Jones is known as the ‘father’ of the American Navy, but he was born on the banks of the Solway near Arbigland in Dumfries & Galloway. The museum recreates a c. 1700 habitation and also comprises an exhibition about life and exploits of this self-made man.
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Kelvin Hall
Kelvin Hall is a multi-purpose cultural hub located in Glasgow, Scotland. It provides a platform for the celebration of art and culture, and for creating strong, sustainable communities. The on-site collections store holds items from Glasgow Museums and University of Glasgow and the digital collections of National Library of Scotland can be accessed through the Moving Image Archive.
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and gallery located in Glasgow, Scotland. It houses an extensive art collection as well as natural history specimens, and artifacts from world cultures, including ancient Egypt, Rome, and the Americas. Kelvingrove is home to renowned artworks, such as Salvador Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross, Dora Carrington's Self-Portrait , and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's The Hill House.
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Kilmartin Museum
Kilmartin Museum is located in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland. It is known for its collection of prehistoric monuments, such as Neolithic stone circles, chambered cairns, and standing stones. The museum also has many archaeological artifacts from the Bronze and Iron Ages. It is also home to a collection of rock art, featuring carvings of cup and ring marks and other prehistoric symbols.
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Kinneil Museum and Roman Fortlet
Kinneil Museum and Roman Fortlet is located on the Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness, only a short walk from the Antonine Wall. The museum serves as an interpretive centre for the whole estate, housing historic artifacts such as Bronze Age and Iron Age tools, Roman coins, and pottery from the nearby ruined fortlet. James Watt’s Cottage can also be found on the estate and is where he developed the first steam engine.
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Kirbuster Farm Museum
Kirbuster Farm Museum is an outdoor museum located on Orkney, that allows visitors to explore the traditional way of life on the island. Kirbuster is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe and was occupied right up until the 1960s. The farmstead comprises a number of separate buildings detailing the agriculture work undertaken on the island.
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Kirkcaldy Galleries
Kirkcaldy Galleries is a arts venue and museum located in the town of Kirkcaldy. The galleries showcase contemporary and historical art, including works by William McTaggart and S.J. Peploe. Kirkcaldy Galleries is also home to an extensive collection of Wemyss Ware, a distinct style of pottery crafted in Scotland during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The beautiful pieces of Wemyss Ware feature intricate designs and bright, vibrant colours, making them a unique and eye-catching addition to the collection.
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Kirkcudbright Galleries
Kirkcudbright Galleries is situated in Kirkcudbright and has a range of contemporary and historical art exhibitions. The heart of the Galleries is housed in the former Town Hall, a category A listed building, which has been beautifully restored and refurbished to provide a modern art gallery experience. Highlights of the collection include paintings by the Faed family, Charles Oppenheimer and Samuel Peploe.
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Kirkcudbright Tolbooth and Art Gallery
Kirkcudbright Tolbooth was originally built around 1625-1629, when it was used as a Town Council meeting place and office, Burgh and Sheriff Court, and the Criminal and Debtor’s prison. Now in the Tolbooth there is an exhibition on the history of the grade A listed building and a gallery showing contemporary art and craft exhibitions by local artists.
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Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum is a local history museum housed in Kirriemuir Townhouse, a former jail and courthouse . The museum houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of the town from its earliest days to the present day.
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Lauriston Castle
Lauriston Castle is the perfect place to escape from the bustle of the city centre with its calm, tranquil atmosphere, and stunning views across the Firth of Forth. Enjoy a woodland walk, a visit to an award-winning Japanese garden, or step back in time and experience what life was like in an Edinburgh middle-class home at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Leadhills Miners Library
Britains oldest subscription library and the world's first library for working people. The collection includes books, archives, and minerals from the local mining industry as well as Library artefacts, which includes the earliest library banner in Britain.
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Lillie Art Gallery
The Lillie Art Gallery hosts a changing programme of art exhibitions.
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Linlithgow Museum
Linlithgow Museum displays objects relating to the history of the Royal Burgh, including industry, social history and the Linlithgow Marches.
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Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre / Ionad Naomh Moluag
The Centre at the Ionad Naomh Moluag (the gathering place of St Moluag) was opened on 17 March 2007. It comprises an exhibition – with many historic artefacts from the island and information panels about key places to visit, a café, shop and reference library. The building itself is a sustainable eco-museum with grass roof and geo thermal heating. Adjoining the Centre is the award winning Taigh Iseabal Dhaidh a faithfully reconstructed cottar’s cottage which opened in 2002, winning the Place to Visit in Scotland Award. It was also Overall Winner of the UKFX Tourism Awards 2003.
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Low Parks Museum
Low Parks Museum displays collections relating to the history, culture and identity of South Lanarkshire. There are also two temporary exhibition galleries which feature changing displays.
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Maclaurin Art Gallery
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Mallaig Heritage Centre
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Mary Queen of Scots House and Visitor Centre
Queen Mary's House is a listed sixteenth century building and museum in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. It is said that Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed in the building for a short period in 1566. Exhibits recount the life and times of Mary and the history of the building across the ages. To the rear is a large planned garden which is accessible to all; here grow many relatives of the original pear trees planted by monks at the nearby Abbey.
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McLean Museum and Art Gallery
Located in Greenock, The McLean Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a 19th-century Gothic revival building. It showcases a diverse collection of local and national history, including artifacts from the first world war, natural history specimens, and art exhibitions featuring works by Scottish and international artists.
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McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, The
McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum is is home to a wide selection of exhibits that chronicle Dundee's history and culture, including a comprehensive collection of paintings from the 19th century, as well as artifacts from the historic shipyards and jute mills of the city. The building itself is a remarkable example of gothic revival architecture, with ornate ceilings and sculptures, along with a spectacular stained glass window depicting the city's coat of arms.
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Meffan Museum and Art Gallery
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery showcases a collection of art and artifacts related to the history and heritage of Forfar and the surrounding area. This includes Pictish stones, an exploration of the history of the Forfar witches, and a recreation of The Vennel, a narrow and cobbled street with a sweet shop, knockmaker's workshop, and bakery. The museum’s art gallery showcases the work of local, national and internationally-renowned artists.
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Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
The Meigle Stone Sculpture Museum is located in the historic village of Meigle, Scotland. It showcases a collection of carved Pictish stones dating back to the early medieval period, housed in a 19th-century former church building.
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Melrose Abbey Commendator’s House Museum
The Melrose Abbey Commendator's House Museum is located in Melrose, Scotland and is a restored 15th- or 16th-century mansion, situated just North of Melrose Abbey. It showcases the domestic life of the medieval period and houses a collection of artifacts, including furniture, textiles, and ceramics, as well as exhibits about the abbey's history and architecture.
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Methil Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre contains a small display capturing the history of Methil and surrounding area, from prehistoric times to the present day.
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Mills Observatory
Perched atop Balgay Hill in Dundee is the Mills Observatory. When it opened in 1935, it was the UK's first public observatory to be built solely to encourage public understanding of science.
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Moffat Museum
Originally established in Moffat’s old bakehouse, Moffat Museum reopened in newly refurbished and expanded premises in 2013. It provides an insight into the town’s culture and displays numerous archaeological artefacts and material spanning Moffat’s past. The museum now includes a new space dedicated to the legend and history of Lailoken/Merlin, and is the hub of the Merlin Trail.
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Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
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Montrose Museum and Art Gallery
Opened in 1842 by Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Montrose Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of Montrose and its people, from the earliest archaeological finds to the Marquis of Montrose and the Jacobite uprisings, the harbour and maritime trade. The museum was one of the first purpose-built museums in Scotland and houses its series of displays in the neo-classical building’s spacious atrium, mezzanine and galleries.
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Mull Museum
A small museum crammed with information about the history of Mull and its people - geology, standing stones, castles, Spanish Armada Galleon, crofting, emigrants, schools and World War II Naval base. Open Easter to October Monday to Saturday 11am to 4pm. Other times, and library and archive, by appointment.
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Museum Nan Eilean Lews Castle
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Museum Nan Eilean Sgoil Lionacleit
Museum Nan Eilean Sgoil Lionacleit (also known as Museum Nan Eilean U&B) is based in Lionacleit School on the Isle of Benbecula. It is the sister museum of Museum nan Eilean Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis. The museum displays temporary exhibitions of local art and history.
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Museum of Childhood
Opened in 1955, The Museum of Childhood was the first ever museum dedicated to British childhood experiences. It explores the lives in children at home, at school, and at play. The collection dates from the 1800s to present day and features toys, games, dolls, fancy dress, items relating to hobbies and pastimes, books, magazines and comics.
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Museum of Communication
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Museum of Edinburgh
The Museum of Edinburgh is located on the Royal Mile and had a large selection of stories, objects and discover more about Edinburgh's incredible 16th century buildings.
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Museum of Islay Life
The museum houses a large collection of objects, books, and stories illustrating life on Islay. Over 3000 items, from archaeological material, a large photographic collection, and the Gordon Booth library - a collection of books, papers and records of the island – are all housed within the former Kilchoman Free Church in Port Charlotte.
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Museum of Lead Mining/ Hidden Treasures
The Museum is situated in Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. The surrounding Lowther Hills contain iron ore deposits and here a lead mine was set up in the eighteenth century. The site comprises miners cottages spanning a period of habitation from 1750 – 1910, as well as the lead mine itself with its subterranean tours – unique in Scotland. There is also a Miners’ Library, one of three subscription libraries in Scotland set up by the miners themselves. The displays consist of minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts in the Visitor Centre, as well as a gift shop and tearoom.
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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is a purpose-built museum situated next to Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, which was constructed through the middle of a 16th-century castle as the first lighthouse on mainland Scotland. The museum explores life-saving engineering, the story of the Northern Lighthouse Board, and the lives of the people connected to it.
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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Stevenson Rd, Fraserburgh AB43 9DU
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Museum of Scottish Railways
The Museum of Scottish Railways at Bo’ness showcases the history of railways in Scotland. The collection has a significant object and archive collection related to railways, including vehicles. In the museum there are interactive displays, a vehicle display shed, and an engineering workshop viewing gallery.
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Museum of Scottish Railways, Bo'ness EH51 9AR
Museum of the Cumbraes
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Museum of the Isles
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Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
The Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, a regiment formed in 2006, is currently co-located with The Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh Castle. There are over 750 objects in its collection from uniforms, equipment and weapons to documents, artwork, and insignia.
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Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland The Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
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Nairn Museum
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National Mining Museum Scotland
The National Mining Museum Scotland is home to one of the best-preserved Victorian Collieries in Europe and the national coal mining collections. The museum tells the story of coal mining in Scotland and has a collection of over 100,000 items, which help show the social, economic, political, and cultural impact of the industry, miners, and their communities on Scotland.
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National Mining Museum Scotland, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN
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National Museum of Flight
The National Museum of Flight is located at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian. It houses a vast collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts including a Concorde G-BOAA, a Supermarine Spitfire, and a Red Arrows Hawk T.1A. The museum has a range of indoor and outdoor displays, a flight simulator, and interactive trails.
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National Museum of Rural Life
The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride is housed in a restored working farm showcasing rural life from the mid-20th century. It features a collection of agricultural equipment, tools, and machinery, as well as exhibitions about the history of rural Scotland, the life of farmers and their families, and the development of modern agriculture.
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National Museum of Rural Life, Wester Kittochside Philipshill Road East Kilbride, Glasgow G76 9HR
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National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland opened in 1866 and has since become a popular destination for locals and tourists. It houses a wide array of artifacts and exhibits, ranging from ancient civilizations to modern-day technologies.
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National War Museum
The National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle and showcases the military history of Scotland from the 17th century to the present day. It features a collection of weapons, uniforms, medals, and other military artifacts, as well as interactive displays and exhibitions about key events and individuals in Scottish military history.
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Ness Heritage Centre
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North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre is located in a 18th century former parish church. It houses North Ayrshire Council’s principal museum collection, which contains archaeology, social, domestic, military and natural history, fine art, and costume. It includes a stone sarcophagus which is thought to be one of the finest examples of Scottish medieval sculpture.
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North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre houses North Lanarkshire’s Archives collections and has a temporary programme of exhibitions, events, and activities. There is also local and family history advice and guidance.
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Oban War and Peace Museum
Located on the ground floor of the Old Oban Times Building, this volunteer run museum has a collection covering the history of the port town, highlighting the strategic role played by Oban during the war years.
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Old Bridge House Museum
The Old Bridge House was built in 1660 on the western side of the medieval Devorgilla Bridge that crosses the River Nith in Dumfries. It is the towns oldest house, and was once the home of Granny Black – a local woman, nicknamed the Matriarch of Maxwelltown – who lived in the upper rooms of the house for over 50 years. The House now contains displays of historic artefacts that illustrate everyday life in the town, including the materials and dentistry tools of Herbert Dykes. A family kitchen, nursery and bedroom of a Victorian home are also recreated.
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Old Gala House Museum
Old Gala House was once home to the Lairds of Galashiels and dates back to 1583. Now as a museum and gallery it tells the story of the town and its people along with a programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
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Old Haa Museum
The Old Haa is a museum, garden and tearoom in the island of Yell in Shetland. The museum has a collection of historic objects, and an archive alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions on contemporary arts and crafts. The archive has a large sound and photographic collection, including over 16,000 images.
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Orkney Museum
Orkney Museum showcases the history, culture and people of the Orkney Islands from the Stone Age, to the Picts and Vikings. The museum offers interactive activities and exhibitions to visitors, as well as hosting events throughout the year. The museum also houses a wide range of artefacts, including archaeological finds, historical documents and photographs.
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Paxton House
Paxton House is a Georgian manor set in 80 acres of landscaped grounds on the banks of the River Tweed. The house has permanent and temporary exhibitions, a tearoom, a Recognised furniture collection, and a Regency-era Picture Gallery which displays masterpieces on loan from National Galleries of Scotland. Paxton house also runs guided tours, events, and an education programme.
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Peebles Museum and Gallery
Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery is located in a 16th century building. Inside the Chambers Room houses plasterwork friezes including a 16-metre reproduction of a section of the Parthenon Frieze. The museum highlights the history of the area, from a medieval pilgrimage destination to the importance of the local woollen mills in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are also temporary history, craft, and art exhibitions.
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Aerial view of Glasgow Green, People's Palace, and the River Clyde
People’s Palace, The
The People's Palace is a social history museum. It houses an extensive collection of artefacts, documents, and photographs that tell the story of the people of Glasgow, including symbolic banners that portray the history of working-class struggle in the city, regarded as the birthplace of trade unionism in Scotland.
Accredited
Holds a Recognised Collection
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People’s Story Museum
The People's Story Museum focuses on the history of Edinburgh's working class people from the 18th century to the late 20th century. History, culture, crafts and trades, and the people of Edinburgh are highlighted through the museum. It is also a place for visitors to explore contemporary issues, events and opinions.
Accredited
A marble sculpture of a nude adult, raised on a plinth in a circular room with red walls and a tiled floor.
Perth Art Gallery
Perth Art Gallery focuses on modern Scots, a story which is told through the development of art and design in the region up to the present day. Works of art from local, Scottish, and international artists are displayed and it will soon become the new home to the Fergusson Collection.
Accredited
Holds a Recognised Collection
Perth museum. A large Edwardian building with grey stone blocks and large columns along the front.
Perth Museum
Perth Museum is housed in a heritage Edwardian building that once served as a gathering place hosting everything from markets and concerts to political conferences and wrestling matches. The Museum displays Perth & Kinross’s Recognised Collections of National Significance as well as iconic loans and exhibitions from the UK and abroad.