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Galleries and museums in Scotland

You can’t beat a museum or gallery for a great day out - and you’ll find plenty of them to amuse you in Scotland’s towns and cities. With collections to interest anyone and everyone, you won’t be disappointed. And most are free. Not bad for a small country!

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All year round, Huntly:

Visit this recently refurbished museum showing civic regalia, an extensive collection of commtokens and displays on the Huntly textile industry.

Mid May to mid September, North Ayrshire:

Displaying the history of the abbey and the town of Kilwinning, the museum is open Easter weekend and then from the middle of May to the middle of September.

3rd May -  28th September 2015, Abernethy:

The Museum of Abernethy was opened in May 2000.

Easter, then May- September, Perthshire:

Situated in the former village school, the museum explores the heritage created by previous generations.

Easter-September, Linlithgow:

The Museum is part of the Canal Centre which is administered by the Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS).

May - September 2011, Lerwick:

A restored 18th century fishing Böd on the outskirts of Lerwick, famous as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the company P&O.

May - September, Perthshire

Alyth Museum overlooks the countryside of Strathmore, an area rich in farming which is an inspiration and resource for the displays you will find here.

Easter - September, Isle of Skye:

Formerly part of the residence of Gavin Maxwell, naturalist and author, the museum contains interesting artefacts related to his life and work.

June - September, Dumfries and Galloway

The humble birthplace of this great social historian contains many of Carlyle’s personal possessions.

1st May -  30th September 2015, Trossachs:

This perfectly preserved cottage provides an insight into village life in Scotland in the 19th century.


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