The Auld Kirk is one of the oldest buildings in Kirkintilloch. Built in 1644 as Saint Mary's Church, it is Category A listed. There is a full programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Most of the paintings held by the Auld Kirk Museum are of a topographical nature relating to East Dunbartonshire. Arthur Griffith was a commercial artist who painted fairy and fantasy paintings for his own pleasure. They are characterised by attention to detail and sureness of hand.

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Founded: 1644
Category: Museums in United Kingdom

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john alastair mclauchlan (20 months ago)
Great presentation of a love story about a man from Japan who met a woman from kirkintilloch and married and went back to Japan to start a Japanese whisky distiliray
sylvia reid (2 years ago)
Fantastic museum. Plenty of Exhibitions. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.
Robert Mcleod (2 years ago)
Lots of info about kirkie & area.
Michael (2 years ago)
Museum chronicling local history. Informative and friendly staff.
Alan Gray (2 years ago)
Visited a photographic exhibition, great venue.
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