Robert Burns Centre

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Situated in the town’s eighteenth century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns’ last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late eighteenth century.

There are museum trails and fun activities, and visitor information to help you explore Dumfries and Galloway’s Burns connections. Browse around the shop with its wide selection of Scottish books, gifts and keepsakes, local craft work and foods. Lively exhibition programme of work by local artists and award winning café – restaurant.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

1 April-30 September
Monday - Saturday 1000-1700
Sunday 1400-1700
1 October-31 March
Tuesday - Saturday 1000-1300 & 1400-1700

Closed: Christmas and New year

Admission charges

Admission is free.
Charge for audio visual presentation - £2.30 adults, £1.15 concessions


  • Museums Association

The exhibition is illuminated by many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet. There is a fascinating scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s and a haunting audio-visual presentation.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Burns, Jean Armour Burns

Robert Burns Centre
Mill Road



Museums Curator, Nithsdale


01387 264808


01387 265081

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