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Address: , Kilmartin PA31 8RQ , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1546 510278
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Description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the...
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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A Gem of a Museum

This is a great little museum that focuses on the concentration of 350 prehistoric and historic sites within a 6 mile radius of Kilmartin. This is a very well put together museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great little museum that focuses on the concentration of 350 prehistoric and historic sites within a 6 mile radius of Kilmartin. This is a very well put together museum with lots of information and interactions. Well worth the stop

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Outside Basingstoke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you're into prehistoric life, you'll not want to miss this, Start at the excellent little Kilmartin Museum, which explains the development of the area in ancient times. Collect the map and decide which of the sites to visit (depending on your energy levels and the weather) - the curator will advise. We parked off the A816 and did the... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Kilmartin Museum and the Glen. It is a shame you didn't get better weather to explore further - this is such a stunning landscape. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Made brief "recce" visit here to prepare for forthcoming group outing in September I'm organising. Very welcoming lady at reception, who made some practical suggestions for my trip. Museum is small but makes efficient use of limited space to tell the story of Kilmartin and surrounding area. Shop sells selection of books and craft items. Grounds of museum alive with... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your 'recce' visit and look forward to welcoming your group in September. More 

DURHAM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This museum is located in lovely Kilmartin Glen. Nearby are wonderful ancient stone artifacts for long lost peoples. The staff is excellent. There is a beautiful garden at the museum. We did not eat there, but it looked like they had a nice small restaurant.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The garden is lovely at the moment thanks to our gardener and dedicated team of volunteers. You must visit the café on your next visit - lovely fresh food, excellent coffee and delicious home baking. More 

Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A lovely little museum with a great cafe. Staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgable about the area with an obvious love for the history embodied in the landscape here. Daily kids activities are a bonus for those with young children, ours loved the storytelling though I was a little disappointed the stories were standard children's books rather than based... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. There are organised activities every Thursday afternoon during the summer. That is an interesting point about making the stories more specifically relevant to Kilmartin Glen. There are hands on activities for children in the Museum - grinding grains with a quern stone is a favourite. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Puts so much of the glen in context. Always worth a quick visit – the ticket price helps keep it open. Some of the stuff in the shop is great too – recommend the Kilmartin Sessions CD of stone-age instruments played by modern musicians. The museum adds serious depth of understanding I recommend visiting the museum AFTER walking round the... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. Some visitors like to visit the museum and then the Glen, armed with information about the monuments, others like to do it the other way round! We are just happy that you enjoyed your visit and are so enthusiastic about the museum and surroundings. Many of the items in the shop are created by local artists... More 

Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We found the displays to be very interesting and the staff friendly and helpful. Visiting the museum before walking to the prehistoric sites made our visit more meaningful. Although not large, the centre was well worth a visit and had a very good cafe as well as a book/craft shop & washrooms. Free parking. Would definitely return to explore further... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum. It is a gateway to the glen and I'm glad you felt it enhanced your appreciation of the archaeology of Kilmartin Glen. This is an amazing area with a wealth of standing stones, burial cairns and rock art and yet it is little known outside the area.... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

While this is a small museum, it is chocked full of items and information from the immediate area. The information is set up to be viewed in a technical light....maybe a little more advanced than most are prepared to absorb....this would be my only criticism. There is an attempt to have "hands on" items for the younger (and older!) kids;... More 

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. It is a shame you didn't have more time in the museum. Some visitors think it is too technical and adult while others consider it to be more aimed at children - it is interesting to see the different perspectives on what we offer. Glad it gave you an insight into the history and landscape of... More 

Brevard, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

While not a large collection of items, the museum helps to understand the significance of the Kilmartin Glen and to see some of the items that have been found in the area.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. We are planning a development of the museum so that we have room to display more of the artefacts which are currently in storage and offer greatly improved facilities to our visitors. Hope to see you again. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We took the guided tour of the glen before visiting the museum. Highly recommended. Lots of information to amplify what you learned on the walk.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The free guided walks on Wednesday afternoons have proved very popular and definitely enhance a visit to our Museum - glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return. More 

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