Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
Signal Tower
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01241 435329

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Beside Arbroath's harbour, on the sea front, stands an elegant complex of regency buildings. Now the Burgh’s museum, the buildings were built in 1813. Until 1955 these buildings formed the shore station and family living quarters for the light keepers on the Bell Rock Lighthouse which lies 11.5 miles out from Arbroath on a dangerous semi-sunken reef.

Both lighthouse and shore station were built by Robert Stevenson, founder of the famous dynasty of lighthouse engineers

At the Signal Tower you can find out about the fascinating history of the lighthouse, visit the outhouse to see the massive lens of the last manually operated lamp and hear the keeper talk about his day. In addition the museum displays reflect the past lives of the keepers’ families and the wider community of Arbroath and district. Other displays tell the story of Arbroath’s fishing heritage and of its great Industries of textiles and engineering.

The museum also displays the wildlife of the cliffs around the town. Arbroath's civic treasures and souvenirs of the Burgh’s great trading days complete the tour of the museum.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10-00-17.00 all year, closed 25/26 December and 1-2 January, Also open Sundays 14.00-1700 July /August.

Admission charges

Free of Charge

Additional info

Access: The museum shop and reception are on the first floor, WCs are available to museum visitors next door to the shop.

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum collects artefacts, photographs and archive material relating to the history of Arbroath and District.

The collections are especially representative of the Burgh’s fishing heritage, along with the building’s link with the historic Bell Rock Lighthouse designed by the famous engineer Robert Stevenson (1772 -1850).

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Stevenson