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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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 £3.00, Concessions £1.50

Discounts

  • 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.

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

Website

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

World War One stories

  • 31 October 2015 — 31 March 2016 *on now

James Kerr was born in Dumfries in 1889. During World War One he joined
the 5th battalion KOSB (Dumfries) then moved to the 4th battalion KOSB
(Borderers) and was awarded the prestigious Military Medal.
James’ medal was rediscovered by his family almost 70 years later and his story
was told to us by his grandson Brian Kerr.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

“Amang the rigs o’ Barley”

  • 12 March — 18 June 2016

Burns wrote “Rigs o’ Barley” in 1783, around the time when many of the
maps in this exhibition were drawn. Rigs were a feature of the landscape
that had slowly begun to change. The landscape of the larger estates was
being mapped in order to plan future changes.
The basis of today’s landscape has changed little but tree planting and
modern roads now cloak once bare hills and poor roads. With the help of
these early maps we can imagine the landscape Burns saw. Glimpse how life
became more comfortable with enclosures around houses including gardens
and perhaps even orchards, hedgerows to halt the wind, mosses where peats
were cut and of course the strips of cultivated land or rigs. By the early 19th
century the maps show the enclosed fields and enlarged steadings created to
feed an expanding population.
These old maps allow us to see where we have come from. They may be the
closest that we can get to time travel.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

Solway Seafood exhibition

  • 25 — 28 March 2016

Food from the sea has sustained the
people of south west Scotland for the past
10,000 years and is now an integral part
of local life. Take a journey through time
and discover the story of people who have
fished the Solway coast, the traditional
methods employed and the changes that
have taken place.

Gallery
activities to
accompany
the “Solway
Seafood”
exhibition.
• See who
can catch the
highest score
in the magnetic
fishing pond
• Make a fishy face mask
• A fishy gallery trail
• Quizzes and colouring sheets

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Annan Museum
Bank Street
Annan
DG12 6AA
Scotland

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Easter egg hunt at the museum

  • 25 — 28 March 2016

Find all of the eggs hidden around
the museum and answer the Easter
quiz questions to win
a wee chocolate egg and
lots of satisfaction.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
The Observatory
Dumfries
DG2 7SW
Scotland

Website

www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums

E-mail

dumfriesmuseum@dumgal.gov.uk

Telephone

01387 253374

Fax

01387 265081

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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