VISITORS to Perth Museum wanting to see the Stone of Destiny will require a timed entry ticket due to space restrictions.

Tickets will be made available from January 2024 – two months ahead of the museum’s opening on Easter weekend.

The £27.2 million transformation of Perth City Hall will open to the public the weekend of March 29-31, 2024 with the ancient relic as its centrepiece.

However, visitors wanting to see the Stone of Destiny may be left disappointed if they do not book their free ticket in advance.

A report on key milestones on Perth Museum’s opening programme went before Perth and Kinross Council’s Environment, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee.

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It revealed admission to the Stone of Destiny display and the opening temporary exhibition would be ticketed and made available through Perthshire Box Office.

It stated: “Tickets for admission to the Stone of Destiny display (which is free but ticketed for capacity reasons) and the opening temporary exhibition will be available from January 2024. This will be via the Perthshire Box Office online portal operated by Perth Theatre and Concert Hall, with Culture Perth and Kinross and other local cultural organisations as partners.”

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At the meeting, Conservative Highland Perthshire councillor John Duff asked what the capacity would be for the area and if visitors could apply for tickets in the museum itself.

Perth and Kinross Council’s head of Culture and Community Services Fiona Robertson said: “The maximum capacity in that space will be roundabout 15/16 people so that’s the reason why there’s timed ticket entry.

“In terms of booking on the day we will be encouraging – and Culture Perth and Kinross will manage this – pre-booking particularly for coach parties, school groups, etc. but there will be a small number held back on the day where possible so that we should be able to accommodate walk-ups.”

The Stone of Destiny – also known as the Stone of Scone – will be returning to Perthshire for the first time in more than 700 years. It was used for centuries to crown Scottish Kings and is still used for coronations, most recently for the Coronation of King Charles III in May 2023.