Perth Museum welcomes its 100,000th visitor in less than 100 days

  • Published: July 3rd 2024
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Perth Museum has officially welcomed 100,000 visitors through its doors since its opening on 30 March 2024. This remarkable achievement has smashed initial projections and is a testament to the museum’s wide appeal to locals and tourists alike.

The five-star attraction has an annual target of 167,000 visitors however 60% of this target has been reached in just 3 months following a huge interest in the museum since it’s opening. The milestone 100,000th visitors, Chris and Maja McEwan, from Poland, and Jill McEwan, from Perth arrived at the museum at 12.05pm on the 3rd of July. To commemorate this special occasion, Chris, Maja and Jill were presented with a commemorative goody bag.

Reflecting on his visit, Chris said, “We’re just through the door on a day out with family, and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s great. I remember coming to the City Hall when I was younger with the Boys Brigade. It’s such a creative use of the space. I’m delighted to be the 100,000th visitor through the doors.”

His daughter, Maja, added that she loved the idea of unicorns as the theme for the debut exhibition at the new museum.

Jill, Maja’s grandmother, who was on her fourth visit to the museum, commented, “I love coming here and bringing the family. It’s well worth a visit.

Other visitors who paid a visit on this very special day for the museum included Meg Jones visiting from Leeds, who added, “This is my first visit to Perth, I heard great things about the museum and had to check it out. I loved how local and personal the collection and stories felt. The staff were very friendly and made me feel right at home. The Stone of Destiny display was particularly impressive—such a great way to tell the nation’s history.”

Stone, the Perth Museum café, has also seen great success since opening, serving over one thousand breakfast rolls, five thousand pots of tea, twelve and half thousand cups of coffee, both chilled and hot, as well as over five thousand traybakes and cakes.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, the charity responsible for operating Perth Museum, said “We are overjoyed with the incredible response from the public to our Museum. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the quality of our visitor offer.”

Perth Museum is the proud new home of The Stone of Destiny and features Perth and Kinross’s Recognised Collections of National Significance. The museum’s impressive £27 million transformation of the former Edwardian City Hall building was made possible by a £10 million UK Government investment through the Tay Cities Region Deal and additional funding from Perth and Kinross Council.

Perth Museum continues to captivate audiences with its rich history, engaging exhibits, and dynamic programs, cementing its status as a must-visit destination in Perth.

The museum is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm, with extended hours until 7 pm on Thursdays. Admission to the museum and the Stone of Destiny exhibit is free. The museum also features a temporary exhibition, “Unicorn,” with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. Children under 10 can enjoy the exhibition free of charge.