The Museum of Abernethy was opened in May 2000 by
Magnus Magnusson. In 2001 it was awarded
four stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.
The building, which stands within the lands of the
old Culdees monastery, dates from the eighteenth century.
Originally consisting of a byre, stable and cattle rede,
it was renovated during the 1990s to house the Museum.
In keeping with the aim of preserving the building's
heritage, some of the original features, such as the
internal stone walls and an area of cobbled floor, have
been left visible.
Abernethy itself is a historic settlement having
been occupied since Pictish times, and the aim of the
Museum is to preserve as much as possible of this varied
and extensive history.
In addition to mounting exhibitions the museum
also attempts to collect artefacts relating to the
history of the parish, to record the memories of
local inhabitants, and to build a photographic record
of the village, its inhabitants and their various occupations.
of the inside of the Museum.
An added attraction is the secluded courtyard garden, where there are further displays on local agriculture, fishing and "the berries". It offers a peaceful area to sit and relax.