Museum of the Cumbraes

Museum of the Cumbraes
Manse Street
KA21 5AA



01294 464 174


01294 464 234

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Housed within Garrison House, the Museum of The Cumbraes provides a facinating glimpse into Cumbrae's past.

From 4,000 year-old stone coffins – or ‘cists’ – found on the Cumbraes, through stories of smuggling in the 18th century to life during the second world war and indeed life on the island today.

Fishermen, smugglers, lighthouse keepers, sailors, tourists, and scientists. The Cumbraes owe their colourful history to both locals and visitors. The islands’ geography– in turn – shaped the nature of daily life here. The Museum offers a glimpse into the past through the eyes of those who lived here through the centuries, and is an ideal way to become familiar with the islands of Great Cumbrae and Wee (or Lesser) Cumbrae.

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Opening hours

Weekdays - 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday - 10am - 4pm
Sunday - 11am - 4pm

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Weapons and War, Personalities, Social History