Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum
About the museum
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum is situated in Kirriemuir Town House, a building that has been at the heart of Kirriemuir since its construction in 1604. The Museum opened in 2001 after the building was carefully restored and conserved.
The building houses displays on two floors along with a reception area/shop. Toilets, including one accessible to wheelchair users are available within the museum.
Overview of our collections
Here at Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum, local people and visitors to the town can discover the unique atmosphere of historic Kirriemuir and the splendour of the Angus Glens. Stepping through the door, visitors experience a vivid introduction to the history, culture and natural environment of ‘Kirrie’ and the Angus Glens, part of the Cairngorms National Park, recordings of local people, a touch screen computer and a variety of temporary displays that take place throughout the year give visitors further information about the story of Kirriemuir and the Glens.
On the ground floor we look at the town’s history. A detailed model transports visitors to the town in 1604, the year the Town House was built. The origins of Kirriemuir’s name are explored and information about famous Kirriemarians such as J.M. Barrie (Author of Peter Pan), Peter Hood (Inventor of an early typewriter) and a display of memorabilia about rock star Bon Scott of AC DC fame, who was born in Kirriemuir, can be found. A variety of temporary displays also take place throughout the year. Upstairs the wildlife, geology, history and archaeology of Glen Prosen, Glen Isla, Glen Clova and Glen Doll are explored. A diorama brings visitors face to face with some of the wildlife of the Glens - an eagle glares imperiously from a crag whilst two hares in winter fur leap onto their hind legs to box each other. The upstairs gallery also holds a large exhibition of the work of Sir Charles Lyell FRS (1797 – 1875) of nearby Kinnordy displaying wonderful, unique artefacts associated with one of the leading scientists of the 19th century and author of the Principles of Geology.
How can I find out more
Almost all our collections are on display, the curator will be pleased to answer enquiries about our collections.
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