Named after Hugh Falconer (1808 – 1865), a contemporary of Charles Darwin, the museum was extensively refurbished in 2007 with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund .
Hugh, a native of Forres, spent his life travelling in India and Europe researching fossil evidence, and bequeathed a sum of money to establish the museum in Forres for ‘art and science’. The museum has a wealth of information about the people and history of Forres and the surrounding area. The Hugh Falconer room includes an audio-visual presentation on Hugh’s life and work, including contemporary scenes from the foothills of the Himalayas where he collected many of his fossils.
The museum also offers learning and outreach activities including visits to schools, groups and community organisations.
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