Burns House Museum

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It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty seven. The house gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century. It is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

April - September
Monday - Saturday 1000-1700
Sunday 1400-1700
October - March
Tuesday - Saturday 1000 - 1300 & 1400-1700

Closed: Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Admission is free


  • Museums Association

The desk and chair in the study where Robert Burns wrote his best known poems, the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work, many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet and his family.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Music, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Burns, Jean Armour Burns
  • Kilmarnock and Edinburgh Editions of "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect".

Burns House Museum
Burns Street




Museums Manager, Nithsdale



01387 255297


01387 265081

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