Bute Museum

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In this busy museum, situated behind the Castle, you can experience the archaeology, history, natural history and geology of the Isle of Bute. It offers an extensive display of birds and mammals etc found on the island, and a wild flower display throughout the summer. Exhibits cover every period of Bute's history from early stone tools to Clyde steamers, plus a collection of paintings and photographs of Rothesay. Young visitors will enjoy the touch table, small aquarium, toddlers' case and the free museum quiz. A gift shop stocks interesting souvenirs, gifts and books.

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Opening hours

April-September open 7 days
Mon-Sat 10.30-16.30; Sun 14.30-16.30.

October-March open 5 days
Tues-Sat 14.30-16.30.

Admission charges

Adults: £2
Concessions: £1.50
Children: £1

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Wartime Bute
  • Submarines including X-craft
  • Clyde Steamers
  • Burgh of Rothesay
  • Inchmarnock and the Queen of the Inch
  • Victorian Rothesay
  • Carved stones of Bute
  • Bute's Birds
  • Bute's Mammals
  • Other animals of Bute
  • Bute's flowering plants
  • Geology of Bute
  • Highland Boundary fault

Bute Museum
7 Stuart Street
(by Rothesay Castle)
Isle of Bute
PA20 0BX




History and Archaeology


Archives including genealogy


Natural History


Business enquiries, Bute Museum Trustees



01700 505067

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