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Dumfries Museum, Dumfries
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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, located in Dumfries in Dumfries & Galloway, is the largest museum in the region. The museum has extensive collections relating to local and history from the pre-historic era. The museum also has the world's oldest working Camera Obscura. Admission is free, however a small fee applies for the Camera Obscura.CollectionsThe museum's collections cover all material relating to the natural history and human pre-history of the region, from geology to dress, folk material, archaeology and early photographs.Notable artefacts include: A cast of the skull of Robert the Bruce as well as femur and foot bones. A Bronze Age cist burial including the remains of a 35-year-old man from the beaker people. A large collection of Roman and Celtic stone crosses and funerary monuments. A replica of the first bicycle, as designed by Kirkpatrick Macmillan. The photographic archive of Dr Werner Kissling. Personal items belonging to Thomas CarlyleHistoryOriginally built as a four-storey windmill on Corbelly hill, the highest point in Maxwelltown, in 1798, the site was purchased by Dumfries and Maxwellton Astronomical Society in 1834. Over a two-year period the tower was converted into an Observatory, and with advice from polar explorer Sir John Ross, a telescope was purchased from a Mr Morton of Kilmarnock. With its completion in 1836, unfortunately the observatory missed the arrival of Halley's comet; however, it was used in this role until 1872.
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  • Visited the museum a few times over the years,so i thought I would have a look at the the exibits found recently on a dig south of Lockerbie .its well worth the visit even if you have been before. 
  • The location of the museum is perfect as you get the glorious views of Dumfries town centre and the hills in the background. The museum has history from all over the Dumfries and Galloway area that go...  more »
  • If you have the chance to visit i would almost certainly go to the camera obscura as it gives you a great view of the town. 
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  • It's well worth a visit. But you need to bring the good weather with you to get the best experience.
  • Free admission, apart from camera obscurer exhibit. Popular with schools and those interested in local history.
  • The Camera Obscura is fascinating but you need to go on a sunny day to experience it properly. It's so strange to see a birds eye view of the area all round the museum, with tiny cars driving along. The museum itself has displays on local history, farming etc (including a rather ghoulish set of death masks of executed murderers) which are interesting. But the Camera Obscura is the star.
  • Nice staff
  • Great little museum for all ages. Small charge for the camera obscura which unfortunately isn't used when the weather is wet (to prevent damage). There's a small car park in the grounds. The town centre is a 10-15 minute walk across the suspension bridge.