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Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven

(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
The Stonehaven Tolbooth is thought to have been founded by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c. 1553–1623), with the original purpose of the rectangular building being to act as a storehouse during the construction of the nearby Dunnottar Castle. In 1600, an Act of Parliament provided that the building become a tolbooth. After 1624, the town business functions were conducted on the upper level of the Stonehaven Tolbooth, with the ground floor being used as the prison. It remained a courthouse (upper floor) and prison (ground floor) until 1767 when these activities were relocated. The building then reverted as a store until the 1950s by which time it had fallen into disrepair. In 1963 the building was renovated and officially re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen Mother. In 1975 the lower floor was converted into a museum reflecting Stonehaven’s long history. Currently the museum occupies the ground floor whilst a separate restaurant operates on the upper floor.
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  • One of the oldest building in Stonehaven, the museum is very small but has of lot things that might interest you. It is right near the Stone-haven harbor and the beach, the entry is free.  more »
  • Situated in a great location in the harbour this fantastic wee museum is just my kind of place. If you're the kind of person who likes bright, modern, uniformly laid out museums you probably won't thi...  more »
  • This museum, which is situated in the oldest building in Stonehaven, forms part of a very attractive harbour side. It is worth noting however that in winter the museum is only open at weekends.  more »
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  • Very nice museum, it's only two rooms but full of items. Free entry, it won't take much time to see everything. Great collection of geodes
  • Nice place to visit but not worth more than a few minutes of your time