19 September 2020
Elgin Museum is Scotland’s oldest continually independent museum, opened in 1843. Owned and operated by a membership organisation, The Moray Society (to which new members are always welcomed!). The day to day management of the museum is by a very dedicated group of volunteers.
There are around 36,000 items in the museum’s collection, from fish fossils dating back over 450 million years to a 21st Century AD energy saving light bulb, and everything in between! The collection illustrates the development and history of life in Moray, Scotland, Britain and connections with the wider world. We are especially proud of our Fossil collection, which is Recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection, and our Archaeology collection, which includes the largest number of carved Pictish-Early Medieval stones on display in Moray.
Look out for the new window display at Elgin Museum on the High Street with historic photos of Elgin and Moray, but remember to stick to social distancing guidelines!
Although we will not be opening for the 2020 season, in the interests of the health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff, you can still enjoy Elgin Museum “from home” with our many online activities – visit the website to find out more, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Elgin Museum in 2021!
This Doors Open Day, explore Elgin Museum’s collections from the comfort of your own home with our “virtual museum” videos on our YouTube channel.Go on a virtual guided tour!
You can also find fun activities and quizzes on our website, including a “Cut out and Colour Elgin Museum” so that you can build your very own museum!Check out fun at home activities!
Architect: Thomas Mackenzie
Building Date: 1842