Arbroath Signal Tower Museum to reopen its doors


24th September 2020

After six months of closure, ANGUSalive is looking forward to opening the doors of its Signal Tower Museum in Arbroath from Friday 2 October, 2020.

The Signal Tower Museum, located near the town’s picturesque harbour, enables visitors to discover the fascinating story of the Bell Rock Lighthouse designed by the famous engineer, Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), as well as an insight into Arbroath’s fishing and maritime past.

Changes have been made to ensure visitors feel as safe as possible. This includes additional cleaning throughout the day, social distancing, a one-way system and hand-sanitising stations are located throughout the building. We have received the Visit Scotland ‘We’re good to go’ seal of approval as recognition that everything is in place to reopen safely. It is also important that all visitors pre-book their visit before they arrive.

Funding of over £700 recently received via Museums Galleries Scotland’s Digital Resilience Covid-19 Fund has also enabled the Museums, Galleries and Archive’s team to enhance its digital offering and initiate Sketchfab, a platform to publish and share 3D content.

Rachel Jackson, Museums Exhibitions Lead explains more about the reopening of the museum. She said: “We’re really excited to open our doors to Signal Tower Museum once again after a prolonged period of closure. It’s located in a prime location nearby the bustle of the harbour therefore it’s great to be part of the town’s offering for locals and visitors once again.

“We are also delighted to have secured funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to enable us to utilise a new platform to digitalise objects from our collection so people can access interactive 3D images from anywhere. Currently we have two of our Kirriemuir Pictish sculptures available and we’re looking forward to adding even more of our collection soon.”

The Signal Tower Museum showcases how the lighthouse was constructed over 200 years ago, creating a marvel of engineering that still stands today as the oldest sea-washed lighthouse in the world. As well as this, the museum shows what life was like for the lighthouse keepers on board the Bell Rock, as well as the experiences of their families back at the Signal Tower shore station.

Top five things you can do at Signal Tower Museum:

1. Run around the stone representation of the 42 feet diameter light house foundation in the courtyard
2. Discover how Bassey the horse helped to build the Bell Rock Lighthouse
3. Learn about pirate Ralph the Rover and his dastardly deeds
4. Find out what life was like for the lighthouse keepers in an upright tube, surrounded by the sea
5. See the damage where the lighthouse lens was machine gunned by a fighter pilot during WW2

Take part in the above activities and discover the marvellous stories and more when you visit Signal Tower Museum. Open Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 2pm from Friday 2 October 2020. Entry is free and limited to groups of 6.

Booking is essential to stagger visitors and aid social distancing. Visit to book.

You can also call 01241 464554 or email

ANGUSalive is currently planning the phased reopening of its other museums and will announce more details in the coming weeks.

You can access the Kirriemuir Pictish sculptures stones here 


ANGUSalive (SC046133) is the culture, sport and leisure trust for the county of Angus and has been operating since December 2015.

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