Campbeltown Museum occupies a sizeable room in an A-listed building which also houses the local public library. The initiative to establish a library and museum was came in 1896 from the Kintyre Scientific Association, today still active as the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society. It was the generous response from Mr James Macalister Hall, a wealthy retired businessman, which turned the dream into reality. The well-known Glasgow architect J.J. Burnet designed the building and in 1899 Campbeltonians were able to boast their own Free Library and Museum.
Mon-Sat 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (closed 1.00-2.00)
Tue and Thurs 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Closed on Sundays
In the early days the Museum was actually managed by the Librarian of the day. For years the tendency was to accept almost everything donated and as result the collection is a rather “mixed bag”. However, it has a very good collection of Kintyre archaeology, interesting ship models and some fine paintings. Temporary exhibitions are being staged from time to time in the foyer of the Library covering a variety of topics, from famous local citizens to the craft of basket weaving.
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Fine Art, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History
Marij van Helmond, Curator