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Fair Maid's House Visitor and Education Centre

Address: North Port, Perth PH1 5LU, Scotland
Phone Number: 01738 455050
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Perth
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
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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.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our University visit to the RSGS fair maids house, the history that is contained in the fair maids house can be felt immediately upon entering the unassuming 'fair maids house'. Upstairs in particular, the map room contains hundreds if not thousands of historical maps, but the explorers room was the most enjoyable as visitors are free to sit,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Whether it be a first date or a family outing, the RSGS has it all. The displays are especially entertaining for keeping you busy throughout the day. The explorer room was fascinating, I had to hold back on opening all the drawers to find all the explorers secrets.

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Seville, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Incredible place, with hundreds of books, maps and diaries from all over the world, especially the Poles. But you can also find information about historic Britain, sabanas, mountains, deserts, jungles from all over the world. Very nice to visit in family, alone, with your couple.. I would spend days in there and never get bored. Really want to go back.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Fascinating place to visit, with lots to see. The Fair Maid's House may be the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Geographic Society, but there's more than geography on show. It's the oldest secular building in Perth and is worth looking at for the history alone. And it's free! A hidden gem!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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521 reviews 521 reviews
307 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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185 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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