Dumfries Museum is a treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway. It tells the story of the land and people of the region. Look out for fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway.
Tools and weapons of our earliest people and stone carvings by Scotland’s first Christians. Also the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home.
The museum also hosts a lively programme of special exhibitions, events and family activities throughout the year. And there is also a shop selling unusual and nostalgic toys, gemstones, gifts and books.
The world’s oldest working Camera Obscura is on the top floor of the windmill tower at Dumfries Museum. Originally an astronomical instrument, installed in 1836 when the windmill was converted into an observatory. You can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside from here. A unique experience. Due to Covid restrictions, the Camera Obscura is currently closed.
Dumfries Museum is now open Tues – Sat 10am -1pm, 1.30 – 4pm. Book your free visit either online here or by calling 01387 253374.
There are two disabled car park spaces close to the covered front entrance of the museum.
Level access to the ground floor main hall displays is provided and a lift to the first floor gallery and balcony exhibits.
The windmill tower and Camera Obscura are accessed via a spiral staircase which winds around a pine mast.
Toilets, including a disabled access toilet, can be found on the ground floor of the museum.