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.

What is Europe? The cultural landscape of its peoples

  • 31 March 2017 7:30-9:15pm

Dr Lester Borley’s presentation on the nature of Europe is fully illustrated and stresses the fact that Europe is not divided west to east (which is the common misconception), but is really divided north to south. He will illustrate this by reference to the geomorphology, and the religious and cultural interrelationships which have developed over time.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3 (Adults) £2 (Moray Society members) £1.50 (studetns)

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/what-is-europe/?instance_id=272

Prehistoric Pots – Family Drop-in Activity (HHA2017)

  • 5 April 2017 11am-3pm

How did our prehistoric ancestors store their food? What did they cook food in? Find out at this family activity and make your very own clay pot to take home with you.

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

Be prepared to get messy – please dress appropriately!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Free Activity, no booking required - donations welcome!

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/prehistoric-pots-family-drop-in-activity-hha2017/?instance_id=286

Neolithic Carved Stone Balls – Family Drop-in Activity (HHA2017)

  • 12 April 2017 11am-3pm

Come along and try your hand at making your own clay replica of one of these mysterious stone balls. Fishing weights, weapons, gaming pieces…what do you think they might have been used for?

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

Be prepared to get messy – please dress appropriately!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Free Activity, no booking required - donations welcome!

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/neolithic-carved-stone-balls-family-drop-in-activity-hha2017/?instance_id=285

Hindu god Vishnu

A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum

  • 28 April 2017 7:30-9:15pm

From the late 18th century, the growing European scholarly interest in ancient India, its language and religion informed the collecting of Indian sculptures by Scots in the military and civil service of the Honourable East India Company. Learned societies at home were competing with each other to acquire Hindu and Buddhist sculptures for their own collections.

In this talk Roger Jeffery will provide a historical context to understand the people from Moray who went to India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Where did they come from and what did they do in India? What kinds of effects did these people have on the land of their birth? Against the background of a wider interest in Indian sculpture at their time, Friederike Voigt will talk about the lives of two men, James William Grant and Dr James Taylor, who donated their Indian and Indonesian sculpture to Elgin Museum. She will also outline the work which has been undertaken since the transfer of these sculptures to National Museums Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free entry - donations welcome!

Website

http://elginmuseum.org.uk/event/elgins-hindu-gods/?instance_id=282

Elgin Museum
1 High Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1EQ
Scotland

Website

www.elginmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01343 543675

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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