“How many museums can you go to where you can examine a Bronze Age pot and look out of the window and see the burial mound where it came from?”
(Tony Robinson – Time Team)
Kilmartin Glen is one of the world’s most significant archaeological landscapes. The Glen’s unique archaeological remains and rich natural heritage were the inspiration for the creation of Kilmartin Museum, which opened in 1997.
For 20 years, Kilmartin Museum has been collecting, conserving, and revealing the stories of this special place and the artefacts found here.
Kilmartin Museum inspires and educates people by interpreting, explaining and conserving the internationally important archaeological landscape, artefacts and natural heritage of Kilmartin Glen.
Kilmartin Museum Company Ltd SC022744 (a Scottish Charitable Company SC502086) which operates the Museum is managed by a board of Directors, and run by a team of dedicated staff. We are also supported by our very valued volunteers.
As well as running a museum, café and shop, we run an active and vibrant education service which focuses on natural and cultural heritage and targets all age groups across the region. There is much more for us to learn about the people who lived here before us, so we also undertake archaeological research and excavation across Argyll to aid our understanding of this amazing place.
The Museum also houses the Marion Campbell Library, which acts as a valuable research resource.
How we are funded:
Kilmartin Museum is an independent charitable company, and we generate nearly 40% of the core income needed to operate through Museum visitor ticket sales, and the proceeds from the café and shop.
The ‘Friends of Kilmartin Museum’ organisation is also an important means of support.
As well as being reliant on donations, the remainder of our core funding comes from Argyll and Bute Council and Historic Environment Scotland. Both these agencies, along with Forestry Commission Scotland, The Robertson Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage provide grant support for the Museum’s Education Service.
Our Redevelopment Project development phase is funded by Argyll and Bute Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Individual projects run by the Museum have received support from a number of agencies, trusts and foundations.
We are most grateful to all those who support our work in the variety of ways listed above, or have done in the past. To find out more about how you can help support our work, click here (funding and volunteer pages).