Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum

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Situated in Kirriemuir Town House, the museum is dedicated to exploring the history of the area and the surrounding National Park.

Freedom casket and Burgess ticket by Brook and Son Edinburgh, 1929

Exhibits date back to 1604, the year the Town House was built, and span the subsequent 400 years of life in the area. As well as displays relating to the wildlife, geology, history and archaeology of the glens, there is special focus on famous residents – including the author of Peter Pan, JM Barrie, inventor Peter Hood and lead singer of AC DC, Bon Scott, who was born in the town.

The museum houses a permanent exhibition of work by Sir Charles Lyell FRS, one of the leading scientists of the 19th century, who lived locally.

Art we’ve helped buy at Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum

Sir JM Barrie was born in the town and used Kirriemuir and its people as the subject for much of his writing. In 2013, the Art fund helped the museum to acquire the silver and enamel Freedom casket and Burgess ticket he was awarded by the Burgh of Kirriemuir.

Made by the silversmiths Brook and Son of Edinburgh in 1930, it is an eclectic piece, combining an East Asian design style with elaborate decorations based on medieval Scottish stone carvings. The casket's plaques are inscribed with views of Kirriemuir that were of particular significance to Barrie, including his house, the town’s statue of Peter Pan and the Barrie Pavilion.

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Opening times

Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm

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