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Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin PA31 8RQ , Scotland
+44 1546 510278
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Kilmartin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll: 150 of them are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of outstanding archaeological importance. It is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigage and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here. At this unique and vibrant centre you can also see ‘The Valley of Ghosts’ audio-visual – a time travelling experience with breath taking imagery and haunting music. There is an on site shop and an award winning cafe. To find out more, explore our web site, wander through our interactive map and see what's on our Events Programme.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Home cooking, when done well, should feel like a treat and make you feel at home at the same time. The food was great and the people were nice. I look forward to visiting again in the spring. The kilmartin museum celebrates somewhere special, yet mostly overlooked. But I urge you to investigate, as this is a very special place... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

What a lovely cheerful, enthusiastic review! Our cafe staff very much appreciate your feedback so thankyou very much - we look forward to seeing you again when we re-open for the 2015 season. More 

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

this little museum unfolds several thousands of years of story ... connecting the traveller with those who have travelled before ... The Museum itself is 3-4 rooms that touch on the 6000 yrs of local history from early visitors to current students; The museum holds touchstone exhibits so a visitor can know what to look out for as they spend... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that it enhanced your visit to the monuments in Kilmartin Glen. Although the museum is not large, it is a gateway to the fantastic wealth of archaeology in the area. More 

Long Stratton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Having visited some of the standing stones in the fields below Kilmartin, we thought it would be a good idea to look in at the museum. It is very imaginatively set up - and includes more contemporary art works including film and sound shows (if you like that sort of thing). I'm not convinced it was as child-friendly as it... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Some visitors comment that the museum is aimed too much towards children and others that it is too highbrow for children so it is difficult to strike a balance which will please everyone. Regarding the charges, we are a small charitable trust with limited funding from the public purse so we have to make a charge... More 

Thornton-le-Dale, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Beware...charged £10.80 for pot of tea for two, one cheese scone and one date & ginger slice. Couldn't see a price list, so couldn't check. Online menu states tea £1.90 per person.......mmh, £7 for two buns, nice, fantastic setting, but real!!

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Unfortunately, it does appear that you were overcharged for your scone and date and ginger slice with a pot of tea for two which should have cost no more than £8.05. It looks as if you may have been wrongly charged for an additional slice of cake. We will look into making... More 

Largs, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

We visited after being to a few of the "stones" on the way from Crinan. Archie our dog had enjoyed the run around when visiting but once at the museum he had to stay in the car. Was pretty good and interesting but rather expensive at £5. Also the woman behind the desk was very "cold", not helpful, and most... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for taking the time to write a review of our museum. Your comments came as something of a surprise as our visitors are usually very complimentary about the welcome and helpful nature of all of our staff who are committed to providing the best service they can. For the protection of the exhibits and comfort of our other visitors... More 

Seabeck, Washington, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a great museum that gives an overview of the many ancient sites in this area-who might have lived here and how they lived. Give yourself about an hour...

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for writing a review of your visit to Kilmartin Museum. The museum is not large but it is the gateway to the glen and its enormously important archaeological remains and hopefully arms you with the information to get the most from your visit. Hope you can visit again. More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I’ve visited the museum with my mother and it was wonderful! The place is very beautiful and since the moment we enter the museum we are transported to the heart of that place, with its magic stones and special lands, through the eyes of the ancient ones who walked that walks! A place not to miss, for itself, as the... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your very enthusiastic review. I'm glad to hear that you and your mother enjoyed your visit to the museum and the café and hope you can visit again. We are lucky to live and work in such a special place and to share it with our visitors. More 

Scarborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Always wanting to see standing stones, we decided on our last day of the holiday to visit the museum. What a little hidden treasure this place is, amongst the beautiful scenery of Western Scotland. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time. In the middle of the village of Kilmartin, it was easy to find and there is a free car park.... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

How lovely to have such a thorough endorsement of what we strive to do here at Kilmartin Museum. I am delighted that had such a good experience and that you plan to visit again. Gift Aid is a fantastic way of boosting our visitors' contributions and as you point out is a great benefit if you are able to return... More 

Centreville, MD.
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It's a small museum but with the amount of information and displays you get a lot for your entry fee. Kilmartin Glen is an amazing place and this museum gives you a great historic overview of the whole area.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. Your visit is much appreciated - every visitor helps to fund our museum and supports our plans for a major development to our facilities. More 

Seattle, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
52 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a tough review for me to write. On one hand, the museum has been instrumental in excavating, cataloging, and preserving artifacts from the surrounding Glen; for that reason alone, I feel it's worth paying the admission fee. That said, they've sold or loaned out most of their original artifacts, and thus the museum is largely a collection of... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review of Kilmartin Museum - as an independent charity, we do indeed rely on Museum entry fees to help us continue our work, and I'm glad you found the staff helpful. I would like to respond however to your comment about the sale or loan of original artefacts. In Scotland it is illegal to sell Scottish antiquities... More 

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