Museums and galleries across Perth and Kinross are getting ready to open their doors, vaults and imaginations for the annual Festival of Museums, a weekend long celebration of Scotland’s culture, taking place from 13 – 15 May.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Festival of Museums, which started life as Show Scotland in 2006. Ten years on, the programme features over 100 day and night events creatively curated to help visitors engage with museums in unique and hands on ways, while spotlighting the wealth of culture in Scotland’s museums and galleries. The programme caters to all ages and interests and includes everything from art exhibitions and night time ceilidhs to children’s fancy dress parties and historical re-enactments.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Festival of Museums. When the festival was founded, as Show Scotland in 2006, our goal was to ignite imaginations by showcasing Scotland’s incredible range of museums and galleries. Over the past decade, we have been able to fund and support museums across Perth and Kinross to take part in the festival and help to increase visitor numbers and sector expertise across the board. We’re delighted to return for our tenth year and are looking forward to the best festival yet.”

Events taking place in Perth and Kinross include:

Venue Event Date and Time
Perth Museum and Art Gallery Mini Guided Tour Friday 13th May, 1pm-1.30pm


Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Mini Masterpieces

Saturday 14th May, 10am-3pm


The Black Watch Castle and Museum First World War Recruitment Day Saturday 14th May, 11am-3pm


Alyth Museum Minibeasts under the Microscope Saturday 14th May, 11am-2pm


Perth Museum and Art Gallery Rock Bottom Saturday 14th May, 1.30pm-4pm


The Fergusson Gallery Miniature Artworks Sunday 15th May, 10.30am-3.30pm


This is just a taste of what’s going on over the weekend. To see the full festival programme visit: