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 re-opening 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, seven days a week. Don't forget to pick up your complimentary copy of the 'Hydropathic Herald' and your tickets at 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.
The Atholl Palace Museum is the only museum of it's kind to celebrate the social history of a hotel. In 2005, when it first opened it was the first hotel museum in the UK. The Atholl Palace is the first hotel in the world to have its building recreated in Minecraft blocks as an educational tool for a museum.