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Perth EuroWalk

Point E - Museum and Art Gallery

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Location: 78 George Street

The original Perth Museum and Art Gallery building was built in 1824, inspired by the designs of Venetian architect Andrea Palladio, who based his designs on the mathematical principles and symmetry of classical Roman and Ancient Greek temple architecture.

The Museum re-opened in March 2024 after a redevelopment: and now the Art Gallery is situated in the original museum building at 78 George Street while the new Perth Museum building is in the original City Halls building at St John’s Place next to St John’s Kirk.

Perth Museum frontage during the Covid pandemic – Photo Susannah Rae

The inscription above the columns is to Thomas Hay Marshall and the Latin inscription “Cives Grati” means “Grateful Citizens”. Thomas Hay Marshall (1770 – 1808) was lord provost of Perth, Scotland, who had a passion for Georgian architecture. He is credited with building Perth’s “new town” to the north and south of the city centre. A bronze statue of Marshall stands behind the four columns.

Perth Museum – photo thanks to Susannah Rae

Perth Museum has taken part in the House of European History’s project to document the experience of the Covid pandemic across Europe: Covid Makes History | HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY (

Nearby, at 40 George Street, you can buy a delicious snack at the Italian Bakery, Casella & Polegato.

Walking Route Instructions: To get to our next stop, make your way along the pathway between Perth Museum and the new Concert Hall and you will come out at a small road called North Port. Turn left and you will find our next stop, the Fair Maid’s House.