Dumfries Museum, Dumfries

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  • Great way to spend an hour or two. The staff at the front desk were very friendly. The museum was very informative about the local history of dumfries as well as giving some context and information ab...  more »
  • Easy to locate thanks to the old windmill tower, but not well signposted. The museum seems small however it is much larger than it looks and it is full of a wide range of historical objects that are w...  more »
  • Dumfries isn't exactly a tourist capital of Scotland, but if you're ever here with free time, come to the museum. The staff are so nice and friendly, and the camera obscura (oldest continually operate...  more »
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  • Dumfries museum is a very nice place situated at the top of the hill in Dumfries. It has car parking on sight and it is a very short walk away from the town centre. The museum features much of the local history about Dumfries and has many old photographs of the town. It also features a camera obscura which allows you to view the town from a height. There is also a gift shop on sight.
  • Really interesting place to visit. The camera obscura is amazing. A friendly and warm welcome by enthusiastic staff too. Highly recommended
  • We had a great time at the museum. The lady at the front desk was extremely friendly and welcoming and explained what was at the museum when we arrived. They had lots of old artifacts and stones from the area downstairs as well as stuffed animals. Upstairs were items from the great wars and an exhibition about space with outfits for our daughters to put on. They had a couple of treasure hunts as well which our girls (8 and 6) enjoyed. The tower is very interesting with more exhibits from farming and the camera obscura at the top. Unfortunately it wasn't open on that day. It's open mainly over the summer and at weekends if enough staff is on, they said it was best to phone in advance. Would definitely recommend a trip here if you are in the area.
  • A great museum for a little town! And it is free!
  • An excellent museum using the buildings of the old Dumfries windmill. It's on the west side of the river, on the hill just opposite from the Whitesands bus terminus, over the ancient Devorgillas Bridge, about 5 minutes walk away. Free to enter and friendly and welcoming to visitors. Lots to see about Dumfries's history, industry, culture and environment. Well displayed and with helpful and interested staff. Especially good for younger people with activities during the school holidays. On top of the windmill building is a very rare and unusual 19th century camera obscura that you can visit for a small charge - a kind of lens device that displays a projected live image of the town and river using natural light - best seen on a bright sunny day, so it is not always open when the weather is grey. A curator gives an interesting talk about the device before showing you it working. Exploring the museum is a nice way of passing the time. There are clean toilets and a little souvenir shop that sells books, cards and guides as well as educational toys for children. There is a good cafe a few minutes away just down the hill at the old river mill, now the Robert Burns Centre which has another museum display with other historical items to see relating to the great Scots poet. I'd recommend the museum to anyone. It's well worth seeing.
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