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Fair Maid's House Visitor and Education Centre

North Port, Perth PH1 5LU, Scotland
01738 455050
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Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Perth
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The RSGS Fair Maid's House Visitor and Education Centre is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Visitors can watch... more » Owner description: The RSGS Fair Maid's House Visitor and Education Centre is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Visitors can watch the planet from space in the Earth Room, see the continents evolve and learn about the hottest and coldest places on Earth in the Education Room and learn about maps and explorers, or curl up with a book, in the Explorer's Room. Admission is Free (donations are very welcome!). Open Tuesday - Saturday, 12:30 til 4:00 until late October. « less
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Although we are not geographers we especially enjoy travelling and discovering new experiences. The Headquarters of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society therefore was a highlight for us and totally lived up to our expectations. A treasure trove of interesting exhibits with stories of people and places visited or yet to be seen. Friendly and informative guides, with a particular "Thank... More

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Pickering
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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The building itself is worth a visit. It is also the home of the geographical society and I was fortunate to get a tour of the resources here. Well worth a visit.

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

An excellent place to spend quality time - the building, which includes part of the wall of a monastery, is interesting in its own right - the contents are fascinating for anyone interested in their world! Standing downstairs in the Earth room with James Hutton and the geological time scale behind you watching the continents move around on the big... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a little gem of a place, tucked in behind the Concert Hall. Very old building (renovated several times I believe, but still looks very old and quaint). Friendly, informative staff. Fascinating facts and displays in a small area but the main attraction for us was the Explorer's Room upstairs - definitely worth exploring. There was a photographic exhibition... More

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berwickshire
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had a wonderful time taking in the various exhibits on offer, We were so lucky to be shown around by Freda who was so knowledgeable and absolutely lovely. The maps on show ar eamazing.

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Diss
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is a more of a place of education & research than a museum. It features two downstairs rooms regarding the Earth and its geology, upstairs is a map room and the Explorers Room which houses numerous guide books plus some memorabilia of Antarctic explorer WS Bruce and a piece of the African tree under which David Livingston's heart was... More

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Cavan, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had lived in Perth for nine months and never thought to visit here until my last day - I'm glad I did. The building is run by the RSGS but is much more than geography. The staff are friendly, engaged with their work, and very knowledgeable on this history of the building and the history of Perth itself. From... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Whether or not you see yourself as a geographer, the RSGS is a great experience. The building's rich history and literary connections are explained inside, taking the experience beyond geography. Exhibits in the next rooms are more geographical, with a variety of aspects of the world explained, and an animated globe in the middle of the room. Upstairs some of... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a fascinating place. The lower floor looks at our world and our place in it. The spinning globe in the centre of the display shows many interesting facts about the planet we live on and are changing. The upperfloor is a treasure trove of maps, books and artifacts about the exploration of the far off places of the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The Fair Maid's House visitor centre provided a very enjoyable and informative stop on our way to the highlands. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and also very knowledgeable when it came to the different displays. The centre itself is in a very nice restored building, and each room within have a different focus, one housing the map collection,... More

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