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The Atholl Palace Museum, set in the old servant’s wing of the Atholl Palace Hotel, charts the history of the hotel from when it first opened as a Hydropathic establishment in 1878 through to its reopening after World War II and beyond. There are tales of bankruptcy, colourful entrepreneurs, Victorian servant’s, unusual and torturous spa treatments, renovations, and war time evacuees turning hotel to school.
Room settings and tactile exhibits will be packed full of historical insights and anecdotes, perfect for minds both old and young to enjoy.
Start your journey in our rail carriage, look inside the doctor’s cupboards, light up the wine cellar and dress up as a hotel servant in what was an original bedroom sleeping six servants. Within the museum, children can explore a Minecraft version of the hotel and grounds, opening doors to all parts of the hotel to discover our history.
The Atholl Palace museum also celebrates the work of Andrew Heiton Jr., a prolific Perthshire architect, who not only designed the Atholl Palace hotel but also shaped the character and style of Scottish Baronial architecture across Perthshire.
This self guided museum is open daily, free for children under 16, tickets are available at £3 per adult at the Atholl Palace Hotel reception. Atholl Palace Museum visitors are welcome to enjoy and explore the award winning gardens (Kitchen Herb Garden and Japanese Garden), playground, Black Spout Waterfall or even to stay for afternoon tea in our hotel lounge.
Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary copy of the ‘Hydropathic Herald’, packed with some more fun stories from the hotel’s past.
This is the only museum in Scotland to celebrate the social history of a hotel and in 2005 when it first opened it was the first museum of its kind in the UK.
£3 entrance ticket is redeemable off food and beverage in the Atholl Palace Hotel. T&Cs apply. Subject to change - ask when booking.