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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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June - September, Lanarkshire:

For upwards of 130 years – from 1839 to 1973 – Biggar Gasworks made coal-gas for the town and surrounding district.

30th March - 28th October 2014, Aberdeenshire:

Opened in 1983, the Grampian Transport Museum tells the history of travel and transport in the North East of Scotland through displays, working exhibits and DVD presentations.

April - October, Angus:

This 19th-century cottage, set in the heart of Kirriemuir, is the birthplace and early home of famed Scottish author, playwright and creator of Peter Pan, Sir James Matthew Barrie.

April - October, Scottish Borders:

Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail which was built as a Howard reform prison in 1823 and was a model prison in its day.

March/April - October, Kingdom of Fife:

One of Fife’s most unusual and fascinating attractions, The Secret Bunker is a hidden, underground site that was intended to serve as a seat of government in the event of a nuclear conflict.

Easter - October, Fife

Delve into the history of this ancient Royal Burgh with a visit to the town’s friendly museum run entirely by volunteers.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish and its people.

Easter - October, Skye:

The award-winning museum tells the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan.

Easter - October, Highlands:

This award-winning visitor attraction is a living history museum showing how people used to live in the Highlands, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

This award-winning museum recreates the building’s former use as a home and ironmonger’s shop.


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