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. Temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year.

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April to October

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 1.00 to 5.00pm


November to March

Admission to the museum is free

“Stumbled across this museum and so glad we did – it was super! Lots of hands on activities for the kids to do and loads for adults to see and read! Would definitely recommend you come here!” (visitor comment August 2017)

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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