Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/10/2004

Montrose Museum

In 1841 the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society realised that its lodgings in part of one of the town’s schools was fast being outgrown by it’s collection of geology, natural history, ethnology, fine art, craft and the hundreds of other items that might find themselves in a typical Victorian collection

A fund was begun, and the museum opened in 1842 making it one of the first purpose built museums in Scotland.

The museum is designed to look like a true ’temple of learning’, with Ionic columns on either side of the doorway and ’museum’ written above the lintel in elegant gold relief. Inside the beautiful neo-classical building a series of displays are housed in the spacious atrium, mezzanine and galleries charting the life of the town and art of its people.

It is now part of Angus Council’s museum service and the displays and collection have evolved from the eclectic wonder-shop that it was in the nineteenth century. It does however retain the atmosphere of a traditional community museum.

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