Montrose Museum and Art Gallery, Montrose

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Montrose Museum opened in 1842 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. The museum came into being when in 1841 the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society started a fund to expand its space; in order to house its curiosities and wonders ranging from geological and ethnographical artefacts to a collection of Natural History objects and Fine Art. It was accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in June 2009.The MuseumFrom 1837 the collection was housed at a local school but in 1842 was moved into a purpose-built museum, one of the first of its kind in Scotland. The museum is built of pink sandstone in the neo-classical style, fronted by Ionic columns. Inside the collection is presented in a spacious atrium. From October 2009 it will undergo refurbishment and accessibility improvements and will reopen in 2010. The refurbishment took longer than first anticipated and the museum didn't re-open until 1 March 2011, almost two years since the refurb began.The CollectionThe collection includes archaeological finds from the neolithic and Bronze Ages; stones from what was the Pictish civilisation of Circhen but is now Angus; and the Inchbrayock Stone, also Pictish and dating from 850-950AD. Their collection contains 38 Ancient Egyptian relics and objects from Thebes. The history of the Burgh of Montrose is explored; afterwards featuring the life of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and his larger role in Scottish history relating to his part first as Covenanter and then as Royalist and his part in the Jacobite Uprising.
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  • Again this is an attraction that I have so often passed by, but not today.When you first go in you are made to feel very welcome by the staff & at the time of our visit we were the only two visitors.T...  more »
  • This is a wonderful small museum with an excellent collection of artefacts. The range covers prehistoric to Iron Age to modern! From the Picts to the Jacobites, and everything in between! I was lucky ...  more »
  • Love this place, and the ever changing exhibitions it houses, touching the history of the town and it's past inhabitants. There is always something interesting on, or a fantastic array of pictures, ex...  more »
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  • I come from Montrose and have visited the (free to enter) Museum a number of times. Each time I visit I always tend to find something new. They run regular events and often have a new exhibition going on. On the last visit I wanted to take my budding geologist daughter(7) to see the agate slices that I remembered they had. Perfect timing as the museum had a large selection of agates and fossils on display at the front desk. My daughter was over the moon, but then the lady behind the desk came round and spoke to my daughter, answered questions, showed her pictures and let her open the display case and handle the fossils and agates. It really made her day. There was no rush, it was just someone that recognised a young person with a keen budding interest. We decided to purchase a few items and what a bargain they were. Nothing was inflated in price like a number of other places you visit as a parent. And most importantly my daughter came away asking when we could visit next. I love this museum, and I thank them for always making me welcome as a kid when I would spend a raining afternoon looking at the model boats and the basin exhibit. And now for making my daughter feel important and taking just that little bit of time to chat to her about fossils. Visit this place, walk slowly and enjoy.
  • My friends and I just loved this museum and we were blown away with the fantastic sculptures by William Lamb.
  • Great little museum, worth going to for a visit. They also do some AngusAlive activities and the staff are really friendly.
  • Well worth a visit. Free admission.
  • Fantastic range of displays over 3 levels neatly tucked into a dated building. Features lots of local history from the Jacobite era to the art works of William Lamb.

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