Planning a visit to Scotland? Looking for suggestions on what to do or where to visit? Why not give one of these 10 stunning museums a go? We bet you’ll learn a thing or two that you didn’t know before!
Aberdeen Art Gallery – If you love art, then Aberdeen must be on your must do list. Here, you will find a plethora of 19th, 20th, and 21st century works, including Post-Impressionists and Scottish Colorists, as well as applied arts and crafts. It makes a fantastic day out.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum – For those interested in Scotland’s unique maritime history, this maritime museum showcases the history of the North Sea oil industry, Scotland’s port history, fishing, and of course, fast sailing ships.
Provost Skene’s House – This historic home features period rooms from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th century –offering a unique look into Scotland’s history. Here, you’ll also find period costumes and religious paintings.
Craigievar Castle – This genuine Scottish castle has an impressive history. Currently operated by the National Trust for Scotland, this castle originated in Scotland’s 17th century Baronial period. The contrast of its enormous lower story floor to the numerous finely sculpted gargoyles, turrets, and high corbelling work establish a classic fairytale appearance.
StoneHaven Tolbooth – This building was originally constructed of stone in the 16th century, and it was first used as a prison and courthouse for the town of StoneHaven. In addition to the local history museum, it is also home to a destination restaurant.
Angus Folk Museum – Also operated by the National Trust for Scotland, this museum consists of six different 18th century cottages that show what rural life in Angus was like during this time period. It includes a Victorian parlor, schoolroom, kitchen, and a reconstructed farm steading for visitors to enjoy.
Dean Castle – This medieval castle has many connections with some of Scottish history’s most important figures, and it features collections of weapons and armor, historical tapestries and musical instruments, and much more. It is nestled in a picturesque country park with stunning grounds to walk upon. You do not have to be a history buff to appreciate the castle!
Edinburgh Castle – At Edinburgh Castle, a visitor can enjoy seeing Scotland’s crown jewels, 18th century prisoner of war exhibits, different rooms of the royal palace, and the Royal Scots Regimental Museum and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, plus much, much more.
Hill of Tarvit – This 20th century mansion home features gardens that were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. The interior of the home showcases Chippendale and French designed furniture, porcelain plate and sculptures, and numerous paintings. The mansion is situated on 40 acres of open estate and is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland.
The Peoples’ Palace – To learn all about the history of the city of Glasgow and its residents, from 1750 through the 20th century, a visit to this stately manor is a must.