Tarbat Discovery Centre Museum

Tarbat Discovery Centre Museum, Portmahomack, Highlands, Scotland

The Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, opened in 1999 in the disused medieval church of St Colman, to display a nationally-significant collection of Pictish artefacts. The Centre?s Pictish Treasury houses a wonderful corpus of sculpture including unrivalled works of art created in stone by the Picts over 1,200 years ago. These treasures include fragments of majestic cross slabs carved skillfully with elaborate and intricately designed geometric patterns, interwoven with magnificent animals and people. In addition, artefacts discovered during archaeological excavation of the early Christian monastery, that lies beneath and around the Centre, are on display. The monastery was engaged in making sumptuous holy books and works of art in gold, silver, glass and enamel, and evidence for these monastic crafts can also be seen. The Centre also lies at the heart of the Highland Pictish Trail.

The church that is home to the Discovery Centre Museum was first built in the 12th century and boasts a rare 14th-century crypt. Amongst the other things you can enjoy during a visit are: children's activity facilities; audio visual displays; the tale of an horrific clan massacre; the only WW2 concrete practice torpedo on display in the UK; not to mention the beautiful location and scenery of the village of Portmahomack.

Admissions: -

Under 13 years: FREE
13 to 17 years: GBP4.00
18 to 65 years: GBP5.00
65 years and over: GBP4.00
Concessions: GBP4.00
Group discounts on application

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