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Meigle Sculptured Stones

Dundee Road, Meigle PH12 8SB, Scotland
+44 1828 640612
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The Picts in stone - Meigle Museum has an impressive collection of Pictish carved sculpture, including cross slabs, recumbent gravestones, a hogback... more » Owner description: The Picts in stone - Meigle Museum has an impressive collection of Pictish carved sculpture, including cross slabs, recumbent gravestones, a hogback stone and rare architectural fragments. These demonstrate both the artistic vigour of Pictish society and the skill of its stonecarvers.The former schoolhouse housing the collection backs onto the graveyard where most of the stones were found. The present church at Meigle dates to around 1870, but there has probably been a church on this site for over a thousand years.Open daily from 9.30am to last entry at 5.00pm from 1st April to 30th September « less
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Before the Romans, Gaels, Vikings, Normans, or Saxons left their marks on Scotland, the Picts dominated the north. With rare exception, they left behind little historical record, but the archeological record includes a rich collection of artifacts, most notably their highly-illustrative carved stones. Today, the interpretation of the iconography used in these stones remains speculative, although many of the carvings... More

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Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This small museum is a jewel. The stones are of great quality and interest and very well described and are seen to perfection in the natural light provided by all the windows. The guide was beyond excellent - a real enthusiast and generous with her time, knowledge and explanations. She booked a visit to St Vigeans for us and gave... More

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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We visited this with our 4 children (ages 6-13). The receptionist was very helpful and added to the experience. The kids enjoyed the fun sheets. Take the time to read the displays, they are short but add detail. We drove right by it, and parked on a side street. We walked back to look for it, and my son found... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a beautiful little museum with an erudite and enthusiastic knowledgeable curator whose enthusiasm shines out as she encourages children and adults to connect with the subject that she is passionate about.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It's one of those places where you have the opportunity to be impressed (in most cases I guess) by the carved Pictish stones, and see how Pictish tribes lived through their eyes. IMPORTANT: Open summer only! On top of that closed for lunch and last entry 30 minutes before closing.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great experience, decided to visit on the off change after visiting Pictoria a few days into our trip to Scotland. Husband decided we would pop to Meigle which was close to where we were staying, and what a lovely afternoon we had chatting to Lynda and finding out so much more information about the Picts and all the stories and... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

In this small, unassuming museum you will find one of the foremost exhibits of Pictish stones anywhere and it is well worth the trip. Excellent staff insights add to the interest and I could happily spend hours marveling at this collection. Lynda M was working the day we visited and was absolutely awesome, spending a ton of time with us... More

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stopped in here on our way to Glamis Castle mostly because we had the Historic Scotland Explorer pass, and it was free. This is a tiny museum next to a very old churchyard (next door you can see several really old gravestones from the 16-1700s), and most of the Pictish stones were found in the churchyard or very nearby.... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

A really nice little museum packed with many complete Pictish Symbol Stones and many fragments of them - all found very near the present site, I believe. It's great to see these presented so well and kept safe from weathering in the Scottish elements. The guide Lynda M was very helpful and informative and is ever ready with an answer... More

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The little Historic Scotland run museum is one of the best places to see ancient Pictish stones and carvings and learn about their history. The small book self has some very good materials for those wanting to do more research. Great place to browse among the stones and marvel at their history. Be sure wander in the churchyard next door... More

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