Visitor Centre

In July 2011, we opened our public visitor and education centre in the Fair Maid’s House in Perth, next door to our headquarters, creating a new geographical heart of Scotland.  Anyone is welcome to visit the Fair Maid’s House, which is open to the public over the summer months.

The normal opening hours this year are 1.00pm to 4.30pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, 7th April 2018 to 20th October 2018; groups can request a special visit at other times. Admission is free, and donations towards RSGS’s work are welcome. The centre is manned entirely by volunteers, so if you are planning a special journey you may wish to check in advance that it will be open.  Email us or phone us on 01738 455050 for further information about visiting, or to ask about being a volunteer guide.

The centre allows us to store and display items of our collection, to host touring exhibitions, and to welcome schools, other groups, and individuals.  It provides a base for academic researchers and those planning trips, and for people just wanting to spend time in a beautiful place.  It gives us a fantastic opportunity to explain geography and to explore geographical issues, through stories of inspiring people and interesting issues.  And it can even be a venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

The Fair Maid’s House is located in central Perth, just behind the Concert Hall.  It is only a mile from Perth Railway Station, less than five minutes’ walk from Mill Street bus stops, and only two minutes’ walk from Kinnoull Street car park.

RSGS - Explorer Room

The Explorers’ Room celebrates the great explorers and the spirit of physical and intellectual exploration which have driven RSGS and its supporters for over 130 years. It is a space in which people can chat, discuss issues of the day, and plan their own trips.

RSGS - Education Room

The Education Room has information and activities particularly for children, including a wall map that illustrates the Earth’s tectonic plates. When it is not being used by school groups, the room provides an attractive display area for visiting exhibitions.

RSGS - The Reception Room

The Reception Room introduces RSGS’s work, and has information about Perth and about Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Fair Maid of Perth.

RSGS- The Earth's Room

The Earth Room allows visitors to view the Earth as if from space, with a fantastic interactive globe, and is full of fascinating facts about current affairs and global geographical issues.
















RSGS - Cuthbert Map Room

The Cuthbert Map Room houses the Society’s wonderful collection of maps and atlases.  It is named in honour of William and Margaret Cuthbert, who kindly bequeathed to RSGS a superb collection of historical maps and a generous amount of money to look after them.









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The renovation of the Fair Maid’s House to create a centre of excellence for geography in Scotland would not have been possible without the generous support of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth Common Good Fund, The Gannochy Trust, The Forteviot Charitable Trust, Thomson Charitable Trust, J K Cairncross Charitable Trust, The Guildry Incorporation of Perth, The Glover Incorporation of Perth, and RSGS members and supporters.  We are grateful to them all for helping us to realise this project.