Visitors to Perth's £27m museum baffled by no coats or photography rule in Stone of Destiny Exhibit

-Credit: (Image: © Culture Perth & Kinross/Rob McDougall)
-Credit: (Image: © Culture Perth & Kinross/Rob McDougall)


Visitors to Perth ’s new £27million museum were left baffled by requests to remove their coats in the prized Stone of Destiny exhibit.

And those flocking to see the historical artefact - the centrepiece of the new venue - are forbidden from taking pictures of it.

Tens of thousands of people have walked through the doors of the museum since it opened in March marking the Stone of Destiny’s return to the region in over 700 years.

Also known as the Stone of Scone, the ancient symbol used in the coronation of monarchs was taken from Westminster Abbey in 1950 by a group of students.

Ian Hamilton, who was 25 at the time, was part of a heist to remove the stone alongside three others.

Hamilton’s coat was used to drag the heavy artefact along the floor and lift it to the getaway car.

Culture Perth and Kinross said it could not comment on the provisions around the stone, but confirmed the removal of coats is no longer required but visitors are advised due to “temperature of the exhibit”.

While the attraction is currently rated four-stars on Tripadvisor, some other criticism include a shortage of seating, poor signage and some interactive displays not working correctly.

One contributor wrote: “It’s not been open long and already at least half of the touch screen interactive bits [don’t] work.”

Another added: “[It] will be good to go back in a month or so to see if all the snags have been attended to. I sincerely hope that this will be the case, and wish the museum every success.”

Last month national tourism body VisitScotland described the museum as “hard to fault” and praised staff for their friendliness and hospitality, as well as its cleanliness, catering, retail and overall visitor experience.

In reply to the criticisms a Culture Perth and Kinross spokesperson said: “The response to Perth Museum has been overwhelmingly positive from both the public and the press.

“As a new venue, we welcome feedback from visitors and are working hard to constantly improve the experience.

“We cannot comment specifically on provisions around the Stone of Destiny; an object of such importance has some security considerations to make sure the public and the stone itself remain safe and secure.

“We no longer require people to remove coats, but we advise them to do so for their comfort due to the room temperature. We love hearing from visitors and would encourage anyone with comments or suggestions to get in touch.”