Creetown Heritage Museum and Exhibition Centre

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Surrounded by all the luscious green tranquility of the hills and forests of Galloway, here is to be found the fascinating
history of a small town built on granite. Originally, Creetown was known as Ferrytown of Cree because up to three ferries took pilgrims across the Cree on their way to visit the shrine of St Ninian of Whithorn. In the nineteenth century, top quality silver-grey granite was quarried for over 150 years, making Creetown one of the wealthiest villages in Scotland for a time. These are just some of the landmarks in our history now celebrated in the museum, which is full of pictures and artefacts from our fishing, shipping, forestry and farming culture. See the history of our Silver Band, formed in 1880 by the quarrymen of Creetown and still active, with concerts in their own bandroom and events throughout the Region. See village life as it used to be: the shops, and the things we bought; the houses, castles and farms we lived in; the war-time memories we shared. See the stories told of growing up in the town. Take a look at the old tawse, and the pictures of what the school classrooms used to be like. Take a look at our 'guess what?' table: pick up the various articles on display; see if you can guess what they are and the purpose for which they were used. Our Heritage Museum will also provide clues as to what life is like in Creetown today. Instead of the quarrying for its fine granite, Creetown now has its own fine resident Japanese sculptor, Hideo Foruta, who uses the stone to create three dimensional images such as the intriguing one built into the outside front wall at the entrance to the Museum. You can watch a video of Hideo Foruta at work. A large, replica 'wickerman' in the museum celebrates the involvement of Creetown in the making of that cult film, an event celebrated in Wigtonshire area each year. Children can try a variety of activities designed for different age groups, as well as finding out about the creatures in Wigtown bay.

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Opening hours

The Centre is open from 11am to 4pm as follows:
April and May: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (closed Wed and Sat)
Easter Week: Open seven days
June, July, and August: Sunday to Friday (closed Saturday)
September to mid October: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (closed Wed and Sat)
Scottish Public Holidays Open Saturday as well
NOTE: The Centre can be opened by prior arrangement outside these hours by phoning 01671 820251.

Admission charges

Adults £1.50 OAPs and Children 75p.
Tickets may be used for repeat visits in the seven-day period directly following puchase.

Additional info

Access and toilet available for the disabled.

Collection details

Film and Media, Music, Religion, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Creetown Silver Band
  • Granite quarrying
  • St Ninian of Whithorn
  • Japanese sculptor, Hideo Foruta
  • Replica 'Wicker Man' in the museum celebrates the involvement of Creetown in the making of that cult film

Creetown Heritage Museum and Exhibition Centre
Creetown Heritage Museum
The Exhibition Centre
16 St. John Street
Newton Stewart


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