Elgin Museum

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The oldest continuously independent museum in Scotland. Established in 1836, with the purpose built museum opening in 1842. Objects on display from before the dinosaurs to the present day, telling the story of Moray and Moray's connection with the wider world.
Recognised collection of local fossils. Pictish and other Early Medieval carved stones. Wedding venue. Lectures, family activities.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Begining April-End October
Mon-Fri 1000-1700
Sat 1100-1600
Sun Closed

Closed during the winter from begining of November to the end of March. However, visitors are always welcome. Just knock on the door, and if possible (staff/volunteer wise) we will let you in to look around. A donation is always welcome!

Admission charges

Admission free, but donations welcome. Small charge for some lectures or special events.

Wold famous fossil collection, Romano-Celtic collection, Pictish Stones, and the "People & Place" Exhibition.

Awarded Four Stars by the Scottish Tourist Board in 2004 and the Winner of the Moray Access Panel Award for the Best Renovated building in Moray 2004.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • We have exhibitions throughout the year.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Moray Society Lecture Series 2017/18: Architectural Heritage at Kinloss, Covesea and Portgordon

  • 22 September 2017 7:30-9pm *on now

A talk by Dr Nick Brown, Architect, NB Planning and Architecture, Cullen

7.30pm Friday 22nd September, 2017

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7 pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/moray-society-lecture-series-201718-architectural-heritage-at-kinloss-covesea-and-portgordon/?instance_id=335

Elgin Museum

Doors Open Days – Architecture Paper Crafts (HHA2017)

  • 23 September 2017 11am-1pm

Explore our beautiful A-Listed Museum and help us celebrate Doors Open Days 2017 as we recreate the Museum building in miniature. You will also be able to try a variety of other architecture themed paper crafts.

Please note: suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free activity – no booking required!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/doors-open-days-architecture-paper-crafts-hha2017/?instance_id=339

Moray Society Lecture Series 2017/18: Whisky in the Cabrach

  • 13 October 2017 7:30-9pm

A talk by Colin Mackenzie, Architect and Trustee of The Cabrach Trust

7.30pm Friday 13th October, 2017

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7 pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/moray-society-lecture-series-201718-whisky-in-the-cabrach/?instance_id=337

Elgin Museum written in Ogham

Ogham Pendants – Family Drop-In Activity (HHA2017)

  • 14 October 2017 11am-1pm

Ogham Pendants

Learn how to write your name in ancient Ogham and make your own decorated clay pendant.

Free Activity, no booking required.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Be prepared to get messy – please dress appropriately!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/ogham-pendants-family-drop-in-activity-hha2017/?instance_id=341

PAINTED SCENE FROM EGYPTIAN TOMB

The Egyptians – Family Drop-In Activity (HHA2017)

  • 18 October 2017 11am-1pm

The Egyptians at Elgin Museum

Learn how to write like an ancient Egyptian, make your own Pharaoh's cartouche, mummy pencil or pyramid, at this family drop in activity.

Free Activity, no booking required.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Be prepared to get messy – please dress appropriately!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly
Dia de los Muertos at Elgin Museum

Late Night Spooktacular – Day of the Dead

  • 27 October 2017 5-7pm

Dare you visit the Museum after hours? Join us for some Hallowe'en fun, learn about Dia de los Muertos, and try your at hand a creating your own Day fo the Dead skull mask. Spooky fancy dress is optional, but encouraged!

Free Activity, no booking required.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Elgin Museum Archaeology Conference Burghead Bull logo

Forgotten, Hidden, Lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology

  • 4 November 2017 9:30am-5pm

Join us in celebrating the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology at Elgin Museum with our archaeology conference showcasing some of Moray’s lesser known and forgotten archaeological and historic sites.

Book online at https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com/

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Alexander Graham Bell Centre
MORAY STREET
ELGIN
MORAY
IV30 1JJ

Admission

Tickets: Adult £10 / Student £7.50

Website

https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com/

Aerial view of Lady Hill, Elgin

Guided Walking Tour: Elgin’s Hidden Treasures (HHA2017)

  • 5 November 2017 1-4pm

Join local historian Mary Byatt and archaeologist Claire Herbert for a guided walking tour exploring the architectural and archaeological treasures hidden “in plain sight” in Elgin’s historic town centre.

PLEASE NOTE: this walk covers a variety of terrain, over 2 km (1.2 miles), and a steep climb up Lady Hill. It may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED!

Book online at https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £6.00 / Student £5.00

Website

https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com

Elgin Cathedral

Insight Tour of Elgin Cathedral (HHA2017)

  • 5 November 2017 10am-12pm

An exclusive tour of Elgin Cathedral with guest speakers sharing insight on carved stones, medieval stained glass and the history of the Cathedral.

Book online now at https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Elgin Cathedral
King Street
Elgin
MORAY
IV30 1HU

Admission

Book online now – Adults £5.00 / Student £4.00

Website

https://elginmuseum.yapsody.com

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Moray Society Lecture Series 2017/18: Treasure Trove in Scotland

  • 24 November 2017 7:30-9pm

A talk by Stuart Campbell, Head of the Treasure Trove Unit, about the role of Treasure Trove and its place in supporting Scotland's cultural heritage.

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7 pm

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/moray-society-lecture-series-201718-whisky-in-the-cabrach/?instance_id=337

TREASURE TROVE LOGO

Treasure Trove Drop-in Finds Day (HHA2017)

  • 25 November 2017 11am-3pm

Bring along your finds (recently found or found long ago!) for identification from the experts at the Treasure Trove Unit, learn more about the Treasure Trove process and how to report your finds.

11.00am – 3.00pm, Elgin Museum Hall

Suitable for

  • Any age

Elgin Museum
1 High Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1EQ
Scotland

Website

www.elginmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01343 543675

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