Rozelle House Galleries
The Royal Burgh of Ayr held the Rozelle lands as part of the Barony lands of Alloway until an auction in 1754 to reduce the Burgh debt brought sale of the lands to Robert Hamilton for £2,000. The Hamilton family made their fortune in the sugar and tobacco industries in the West Indies. The first mansion house was finished by 1760 and was in the classical style of Robert Adam. During the early Nineteenth Century the house was remodelled by David Bryce to remove the previous classical structure. The House and estate flourished throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, but by the 1960s the Hamilton family were struck by high death duties and taxation which led to the sale of much of the surrounding land. In 1968 the house, with none of its historic interior remaining, was gifted to the Royal Burgh of Ayr leading to its establishment as the Council’s Museum and Art Gallery. Between 1975-76 the servant’s quarters and stable block were converted into the Maclaurin Galleries with funds from the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin. Rozelle House is now a major display venue. There are also a number of art workshops and classes held at Rozelle which are open to people of all abilities. Bookings for workshops must be done through reception at Rozelle House before attending. In addition to this, Rozelle House is home to the Ayrshire Yeomanry museum, Rozelle Craft House and Rozelle Coffee Shop. All 3 of these are open to the public during normal opening hours for Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Galleries.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Open Bank holidays Except 25-26 & 1 January
Free of charge
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Robert Burns' 'Tam O’ Shanter'
- Alexander Goudie
"The animals all around us - inside and out at Rozelle Park"
- 14 May 2016 10am-5pm
- 15 May 2016 12-5pm
Visit Rozelle, and take part in a whole weekend of activities for all ages, inside and outdoors. Come into Rozelle House, and pick up our specially created map to start your hunt! Find the animals that live in beautiful Rozelle Park, and visit the Museum & Galleries to see the museum collection of natural specimens and taxidermy. What will you see? Well… look out for a nuthatch, a squirrel, a Gruffalo, a penquin and a crocodile! Inside or outside? Join us to find out more!
Free admission, donations accepted!
Rozelle House Galleries
01292 445 447
01292 442 065