Welcome to The Falconer Museum

Founded in 1871, The Falconer Museum is one of the oldest in the district. Situated in the heart of Forres High Street, the museum houses a wealth of treasures relating to Moray’s distant and more recent past. Permanent displays include social history, geology, natural history and archaeology. The new temporary exhibition for 2018 is entitled ‘Birds & Wirds’, why not pop in for a wee ‘keek’?


3rd April to 31st October

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 1.00 to 5.00pm


November to March

Admission to the museum is free

“Lovely museum ! A lot to see, nice signs explaining what is on display and telling you more about a certain subject. Such a shame I only got to spend an hour there… I will definitely come back” (visitor comment June 2018)

The Falconer Museum is named after two Forres born brothers, Hugh and Alexander Falconer. Hugh Falconer (February 29, 1808 – January 31, 1865) became prominent within the scientific community. A real Victorian polymath, Hugh was a contemporary of Charles Darwin, spending much of his scientific career in India. His paleontological work led to new ideas about the antiquity of man. He was also instrumental in introducing tea as a cash crop to India. To find out more about Hugh Falconer click here.

Alexander Falconer (1797 – 1856), Hugh’s big brother, became a merchant in Calcutta but later returned to his homeland. After his death he bequeathed £1000 in his will for the establishment of ‘a public museum in Forres for objects of art and science inclusive of a library and lecture room.’ He is buried at St. Laurence Church, Forres.

The Falconer Museum plays a very active role within the local community having family drop in sessions, talks, new exhibits and events.

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  • Shop with postcards, souvenirs and information sheets
  • Local Information Point for visitors at reception
  • Custodian to provide help and guided tours
  • Special arrangements for schools
  • Induction loop system linked to audio interpretation
  • Coach setting-down point at front door
  • Free public car-park at rear


  • Ramp Access
  • Accessibly lift and toilet



The Friends of Falconer Museum


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The Friends of the Falconer Museum is the long standing volunteer group that aids the museum in all aspects of work. The workforce of volunteers help every week to maintain the collections housed within the museum.

The Friends meet every week on a Wednesday morning in the Museum Store from 10.30 – 12.30. The Friends all have different work that they take part in. Currently we have volunteers helping with our online database, cleaning of artefacts, copying and rearranging of files and fixing, maintaining and making items for the new and permanent exhibits.


Maintaining the collection
Maintaining the collection


The Friends of the Falconer Museum meet in the Museum Store, making full use of the museum lab and fully functional workshop.

The Friends welcome all new skills and help to assist smooth running of the museum. That’s not all they do, the Friends also arrange for special guest speakers to come and do demonstrations and talks for the group. Without the help of these treasured volunteers we would not be able to do the many wonderful activities and exhibits that the museum hosts.


Recording details
Recording details


The Falconer Museum holds a large number of items within the collection.

Chain of office Forres
Chain of office Forres

The main collection comprises of a selection of smaller collections and individual items.  These collections are managed by passionate volunteers and museum staff that strive to keep the history of Forres, The World and The Falconer museum in the best condition possible. Please follow the links to more detail on each collection or follow the drop down menu.

Sadly much of the collection cannot be on show as there is not enough space within the museum.  If you are keen on viewing more of the collection why not book to come on a store tour.

The Collections

The Falconer Museum is also very lucky to be the keeper of some private collections.  These include:


3 Pint Churn
3 Pint Churn