Stewartry Museum

Stewartry Museum
St. Mary Street



01557 331643


01557 331643

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Opened in 1893, the museum has a collection of remarkable range and quality, reflecting the human and natural history of the Stewartry- the eastern half of Galloway. The social history collections of the eighteenth and nineteenth century are particularly important. Local and family history information services. Photographic and Archive collections, plus a shop.

A traditional museum with varied and extensive permanent exhibition presenting the human and natural history of the Stewartry. A general museum activity leaflet is available for children. The Museum Curator is available to give an introductory talk to school parties on the museum and its collections.

Programme of temporary exhibitions, e.g. on local maps and mapmaking; prehistory of Galloway; cup and ring marks. It is planned to offer school activity sheets for some of these exhibitions.

Handling collections available for use in the Stewartry Museum, please contact the Museum Curator (Stewartry) for further details.

Museum grounds are suitable for picnic lunches

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1400-1700
Mon-Sat 1000-1800
Sun 1400-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1400-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1600
Open Bank holidays
Christmas Period Closed

Collection details

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Close Encounters with Tiny Treasures

  • 21 March 2015 — 21 March 2018 *on now

Thanks to years of collecting and to the hard work of local metal detectorists The Stewartry Museum holds an amazing collection of archaeology from the local area.

Re-displayed these ancient and important pieces will be given new life through highlighted displays and enlarged images. Get closer to your ancient ancestors through the objects they left behind.

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Presents from the Past

  • 9 May — 27 June 2015

At the heart of every museum is its collection.

The Stewartry Museum has been collecting local artefacts for over 120 years, and each day you, the public, present items to the museum to ensure their survival for future generations. This exhibition is an eclectic mix of many of the objects and archives donated to the museum in the last year. View your past preserved for the future.

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  • 4 July — 26 September 2015

There has long been a fascination in Britain with the world of ancient Egypt - what is it about this mysterious civilisation that so catches the imagination?

Around 5000 years ago the ancient Egyptians established an extraordinary and enduring civilisation. The many achievements of the ancient Egyptians include the quarrying, surveying and construction techniques that facilitated the building of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks
a system of mathematics, a practical and effective system of medicine, irrigation systems and agricultural production techniques. Ancient Egypt left a lasting legacy. Its art and architecture were widely copied, and its antiquities carried off to far corners of the world.

This hands-on exhibition for all the family offers an exciting overview of the world of the Ancient Egyptians. Great for all ages. Summer holiday and schools workshops available.

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Images of The Stewartry

  • 3 October 2015 — 1 January 2016

A display drawn from The Stewartry Museum’s collection of photographs and postcards. See if you can spot somebody you know or reminisce about how places looked ‘back in the day!’

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