Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden - Birnam Arts
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Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden

Open Wednesdays - Sundays

Opening Times
Cafe 10:30 - 16:00
Gift Shop & Beatrix Potter Exhibition 11:00 - 15:00

We are extremely happy to announce, with the easing of COVID restrictions, that we are now able to open some of the Children's sections within our Beatrix Potter Musuem! Our cosy 'TV Corner' is now open, along with the 'School Section' which offers children - and adults - a chance to get creative & draw on the traditional blackboard! 'Activity Boxes' are also available which are stocked full of Peter Rabbit themed colouring-in and activity sheets, along with pencils & crayons - sure to keep little ones entertained. 

For your peace of mind, we have set up 'Sanitising Stations' within the museum and have altered Museum displays to maximise the ability to social distance. We continue to limit the number of visitors within the museum at any one time and kindly ask, unless exempt, that everyone respects the guidelines on wearing face coverings. Surfaces are disinfected regularly, and activity boxes are cleaned between uses to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

You can, of course, visit Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Jeremy Fisher outside in the Beatrix Potter Garden as much as you like and without restriction!

We hope to see you soon!'

Beatrix in Perthshire

Whilst Beatrix Potter is most often associated with the Lake Districts you may not be aware of her long and fruitful relationship with Dunkeld & Birnam and the surrounding area. Born into a wealthy London family in 1866, Beatrix had privileged yet lonely upbringing. As a child she became interested in the natural world and spent much of her time drawing and sketching.

It was her family's long summer breaks in nearby Dalguise, usually from May to the end of the salmon season in October, that were to be one of the most enduring influences on Beatrix's development both as an artist and scientist. Here she was free to explore the countryside around her, indulging her interest in the natural world.

Meanwhile, Charles Macintosh, born in 1839 in Inver was a postman for the Dalguise Postal District, the ideal occupation for such a budding natural historian, his long daily walks delivering the mail allowing him to study the local flora and fauna.

Gradually Beatrix's interest turned to mycology, the study of fungi, and it was this shared interest which brought Beatrix Potter and Charles Macintosh together for the first time. It was this meeting which led to a long correspondence which gave great pleasure to both.

It was also whilst in Scotland that Beatrix wrote a 'picture letter' which provided the basis for her first book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'. Similarly, a later book 'The Tale of Jeremy Fisher' also started life as a picture letter with characters clearly based on her study and exploration on the banks of the River Tay. 'The tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle' was published in 1905 and is almost certainly based on the Potters' old washer woman at Dalguise, Kitty MacDonald.

Follow the links to view our Beatrix Potter Leaflet and Beatrix Potter Exhibition Guide in more detail...