Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Dumfrise Museum And Camera Obsura


Dumfries Museum.

A treasure house of the history of Southwest Scotland, Dumfries Museum is centered around the eighteenth century windmill which stands above the town. You will see fossil footprints left by prehistoric reptiles, the Wildlife of the Solway marshes, tools and weapons of the earliest peoples of the region, stone carvings of Scotland's first Christians and everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home.

The museum also hosts a lively programme of special exhibitions and events throughout the season, together with visitor information and a shop with unusual and nostalgic toys, gifts and books on local history.

One of the highlights has to be an amazing plaster cast of Robert The Bruce's skull, which may help prove that he secretly suffered from leprosy!

On the topmost floor of the museum is the Camera Obscura this historic astronomical instrument installed in 1836  gives fascinating panoramic views over the town, on clear days the range is many miles.

VisitScotland has awarded Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura with 4 stars for the standard of the facilities and services.

From young and old alike Dumfries Museum has something for everyone.  Running throughout the year are many insightful exhibitions and family events which can be very popular so booking may be required with most extra activities admission is free.

Offers and great fun, family day out and one of the best things to do in Dumfries.


Free entry - charge for the Camera Obscura (Adults £3.40 and Concessions £1.70)
Disabled access - windmill tower and Camera Obscura only accessible by spiral staircase

The Museum and Camera Obscura are both open over the summer months.

30 March - 30 September 2018 Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2 - 5pm

During the winter the Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm