Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon, has opened for the summer season this week.
The attraction was opened by Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire (Kincardineshire) Carol Kinghorn.
Pupils from Gourdon Primary School were also at the official opening by the Lord Lieutenant and were first to head inside to have a look around the exhibits.
Following assessment by VisitScotland at the end of December 2015, the museum was upgraded to a four star visitor attraction.
The success makes it only the second four star attraction in the Mearns, the other being the Stonehaven Outdoor Pool.
The museum was reopened in 2013, with support from Aberdeenshire Council, Kincardine and Mearns, after being closed to the public for a number of years.
Speaking to the Mearns Leader Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn said: “I am delighted to open up the museum, it has been a huge assest right in the middle of the community and has success since reopening.
“I was delighted when VisitScotland saw fit to award it four star status as the volunteers have done an amazing job.”
The maritime museum is on the lookout for volunteers who might be able to step in and help the seven strong committee.
The museum houses the first inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law, built by James Mowatt in Gourdon in 1890, which was paid for by the payment of a penny in the pound from the catches of the fishermen of the village. In a proud service record of 40 years, the Maggie Law saved a total of 36 lives and today holds pride of place in the museum.
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