Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
|Arbroath Signal Tower Museum|
Exhibits detail the lives of the fishermen of the area, "Arbroath Smokies" and the story of the building of the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse, designed by noted engineer Robert Stevenson (1772 -1850).
Built in 1813, also be Stevenson, the Signal Tower complex was the shore station of the Bell Rock Lighthouse until 1955 and provided a home to its keepers and their families.
The museum illustrates the power-looms which once produced cancas from flax in the town, a 1950's classroom, a Victorian lighthouse wife's parlour and a display on the fauna of the sea.
A reconstruction of the fishing village of Auchmithie in the late 19th century illustrates the making of 'smokies' along with the smell of the smoke.
The museum also regularly displays temporary exhibitions.
Next to Arbroath's attractive harbour stands The Signal Tower: an elegant complex of regency buildings which now house Arbroath Museum.
Originally the Signal Tower was the shore base and family living quarters of the keepers of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, itself an outstanding feat of nineteenth century engineering. Now the award-winning museum is full of life-like models telling the tale of Arbroath and its people, and the design and building of the lighthouse.
You can step into Auchmithie fishing village in 1890, explore the wildlife of the cliffs around the town or spend time in a 1950s schoolroom.
You'll see the civic treasures and souvenirs of Arbroath's great trading days and here also are the crafts and industries of the town like flax spinning and weaving and mechanical engineering pioneers such as Shank's lawnmowers.
Parties are welcome but must book in advance.
Year of the Light - 2011 Bicentenary Celebrations
As part of the year-long programme to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse 1811-2011, the 'Year of the Light' steering committee is organising a timetable of special birthday events for the famous lighthouse and the Signal Tower.
See website for details.
No entrance charges.
Public Parking Nearby; Public parking nearby.
Loop System Available
Disabled Access Difficult.
Public Toilets; Gift Shop.