Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

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A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway telling the story of the land and people of the region.

The Camera Obscura, installed in 1836, is on the top floor of the old windmill tower. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside.

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Opening hours

April - September Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1400-1700
October - March Tues - Sat 1000-1300, 1400-1700

Closed: Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Admission to museum is free
Camera Obscura presentation - Adults £2.70, Concessions £1.35


  • Museums Association

Look out for fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland’s first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Maritime, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Reptilian footprints in Permian sandstone
  • Mineral collections from Wanlockhead and Leadhills
  • Log boats
  • Inscribed Christian stonework
  • The Seven Incorporated Trades of Dumfries
  • Provincial silver collection
  • Camera Obscura
  • Dumfries and Maxwelltown Astronomical Society
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Dumfries Museum

Waterloo Remembered

  • 3 February 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo a French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. This exhibition explores how local families became involved in the Napoleonic wars.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The Making of Dumfries

  • 4 July 2015 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Throughout spring 2015 our local history gallery will be given a partial makeover, some of our much loved collections will be redisplayed and new objects from the store will be put on show for the first time.

From the 18th century onwards talented craftsmen ensured that Dumfries prospered as a town. Discover who the hammermen, squaremen, cordwainers and fleshers were, what they did, and how they contributed to “The Making of Dumfries”.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
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