New Perth Museum Opens Its Doors

April 01, 2024 by Tricia

Think you know Scotland’s history? Think again. The eagerly anticipated Perth Museum has opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 30, 2024, following a remarkable £27 million redevelopment project. This monumental achievement marks the culmination of extensive efforts to create a world-class cultural and heritage destination, showcasing the historical objects and narratives that position Perth and Kinross at the very heart of Scotland’s rich history.

At the core of the new museum sits the  Stone of Destiny, also recognised as the Stone of Scone, a revered artefact steeped in historical significance for both Scotland and the United Kingdom. Making its poignant return to Perthshire after an absence spanning over seven centuries, the Stone assumes its rightful place as the focal point of the new Museum, welcoming visitors from around the globe to behold its storied presence, free of charge.

Complementing the Stone’s prominence, the Museum boasts exhibitions featuring Perth & Kinross’s remarkable collections of national significance, alongside iconic loans and displays sourced from prestigious institutions across the UK and abroad.

Occupying a cherished heritage Edwardian building, which once thrummed with life as a bustling hub for markets, concerts, political gatherings, and even wrestling matches, the Museum now stands as a testament to architectural ingenuity and historical preservation. Renowned architects Mecanoo have masterfully revitalised this historic venue into a premier visitor attraction. 

The opening of Perth Museum marks a significant milestone in Scotland’s cultural landscape, inviting visitors on an enriching journey through time and heritage. Whether rediscovering familiar narratives or encountering untold tales, the Museum promises an unforgettable exploration of Scotland’s enduring legacy.

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