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Museum of Abernethy

Get a picture of Scottish country life as lived in a charming ancient Perthshire burgh and parish at the Museum of Abernethy.

Opened in May 2000 by Magnus Magnusson, the Museum has held the Visit Scotland four stars award since 2001 and achieved the prestigious Museums Libraries Archives (MLA) Accreditation award in 2011. The building, which stands within the lands of the old Culdees monastery, dates from the eighteenth century. Originally consisting of a byre, stable and cattle rede, it was renovated during the 1990s to house the Museum. In keeping with the aim of preserving the building's heritage, some of the original features, such as the internal stone walls and an area of cobbled floor, have been left visible.
Abernethy itself is a historic settlement having been occupied since Pictish times, and the aim of the Museum is to preserve as much as possible of this varied and extensive history. In addition to mounting exhibitions the museum also collects artefacts relating to the history of the parish, to record the memories of local inhabitants, and to build a photographic record of the village, its inhabitants and their various occupations.