Museum Trail

Explore the exciting history and stories of the towns and villages in Angus with the family friendly Museum Trail – there is lots waiting to be discovered.

From pirates and animals, to hieroglyphics and witches, there’s so much to learn about the history of Angus and you can have great fun doing it!

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  • Follow the Museum Trail

    • 1. Signal Tower Museum
    • 2. Montrose Museum
    • 3. Glenesk Folk Museum
    • 4. Town House Museum
    • 5. Meffan Museum
    • 6. Gateway to the Glens Museum
    • 7. Tayside Police Museum

    Don’t miss a visit to this fantastic museum overlooking the sea.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Signal Tower Museum:

    • Run around the stone representation of the 42 feet diameter light house foundation in the courtyard
    • Discover how Bassey the horse helped to build the Bell Rock Lighthouse
    • Learn about pirate Ralph the Rover and his dastardly deeds
    • Find out what life was like for the lighthouse keepers
    • See the damage where the lighthouse lens was machine gunned during WW2
    Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

    The beautiful museum in Montrose was built way back in 1842 and was one of the first in Scotland.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Montrose Museum:

    • Explore the Natural History Gallery and discover all the different types of animals on display
    • Have some hands-on fun with museum objects at the object handling table
    • Get inspired by the paintings in the Art Gallery and create masterpieces of your own at the activity table
    • Have a go at reading the hieroglyphics on the Ancient Egyptian objects
    • Learn about the history of Montrose from the stone age right through to modern times, and find all of the objects in the museum detectives scavenger hunt

    This fantastic museum in nestled in the stunning surroundings of Glen Esk and was originally created by local schoolteacher Greta Michie in 1955.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Glenesk Folk Museum:

    • Find the smallest bathing doll in the world
    • See the bothy man’s kilt
    • Learn about Diddlin’ Davie, the local fiddle champion
    • Creep through the Minister’s study to find his bird collection
    • Run through the gardens, but watch out for the Bronze Age tomb!

    This historic site in the centre of Brechin dates from 1790 and once housed a courtroom and jail.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Town House Museum:

    • Follow the Town House Mouse around the museum as he tells the story of his five favourite things in the cases – or even outside the cases!
    • Have your photo taken with John Gall in the jail cell; he is the prisoner in the Black Hole of Brechin
    • Count the sheep – and the people – in the Brechin town model in the small gallery
    • Draw a picture of your favourite object in the museum
    • Do the Town House Mouse Museum quiz after reading what the Town House Mouse has to say about the museum

    As an added bonus, until October 2022, visitors to Brechin Town House Museum can make a LEGO model of Brechin Cathedral.

    Brechin Town House Museum

    This fabulous museum is in Forfar’s town centre and has lots to see and do.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Meffan Museum:

    • Meet Helen Guthrie, the last woman to be convicted as a witch in Forfar and learn the story of the Forfar Witches
    • Peer into the Newmonthill stone coffin and discover what’s inside
    • Walk down “The Vennel” and meet Forfar’s “Grand Old Man” Peter Reid in his sweet shop
    • Take a look at the mysterious sculptured stones and have a go at designing your own
    • Find out how the Goosecroft Logboat was uncovered and how Forfar Loch has changed over time

    This fascinating museum is situated in Kirriemuir Town House in the town’s centre. A statue of Peter Pan is outside the museum, say hello when you pass!

    Top 5 things to see and do at Gateway to the Glens Museum:

    • Sit at a child’s school desk and use chalk to write on a chalkboard
    • Look to see what the naughty child is doing in the Town Model depicting Kirriemuir in 1604
    • Try and figure out how all the colourful pictures of scenes from Peter Pan were made
    • Stare into the eyes of birds of prey that live in the Angus Glens
    • Colour in or draw at the activity table, or choose a book and sit by the fireside to read

    This brilliant museum charts the history of policing in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, and Angus from the early 1800s through to the 1980s.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Tayside Police Museum:

    • Dress up as a police officer and have your photo taken
    • See what it was like for people to be locked in a cell
    • Learn about Police Search & Rescue teams
    • Try and complete a question sheet on the museum and other famous Kirriemuir landmarks
    • Learn about the famous piece of music that was composed in one of the cells
    Tayside Police Museum, Kirriemuir