Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries

Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries care for over 80 specimens from the HMS Challenger (1872-76) voyage. These include molluscs, brachiopods, crustaceans, bryozoans, echinoderms, bird skins and sediment samples.

About Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries

Culture Perth and Kinross is a dynamic new charitable trust established on 1 April 2016, taking forward the delivery of museums, libraries, archives, family and local history and creative learning in Perth and Kinross. 

Our vision is to be at the heart of a cultural community that connects peoples ideas, knowledge and collections. Our mission is to develop and deliver a range of sector leading services, public programmes and partnerships which engage a wide and diverse audience in the best of local, national and international culture.

Wider Collections

Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries’ collections are a cultural record of how the people of Perth and Kinross have shaped and been shaped by their environment. The priceless, permanent collections encompass archaeology, social and local history, costume and textiles, numismatics, world cultures, archives, photography and arms & armour.

The museum holds large and important collections of zoological, botanical and geological material. In numerical terms this is the largest part of the collection with 150,000 specimens. It is the 6th largest collection of natural history in Scotland.

The richness of the collection is largely thanks to the founding of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science in 1867 and the opening of the Perthshire Natural History Museum in 1881.

A major focus for the collections has always been to collect and preserve specimens and information covering the wildlife and geology of Perthshire and Kinross-shire. Locally collected specimens alert us to the changing nature of our environment. The historical collections also have considerable material from elsewhere in Scotland and Britain and from overseas. They demonstrate the history of systematic collecting and the study of natural history from the 18th Century onwards.

Several of the collections are important with some containing type specimens that are of international importance for the naming of living and fossil, animals and plants.

Using Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries’ data

Permission has been given to use specimen information and photographs in accordance with the National Archives Open Government Licence.


Please Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries email to enquire about their collections.

A selection of Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries’ Challenger specimens