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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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Where to stay in Dumfries

As Dumfries is just a small city within the Dumfries and Galloway region, the city itself is somewhat limited on places to stay. You'll find a handful of mid-range to high-end hotels in the city--if you're intent on being based in Dumfries, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in nearby cities and towns such as Sanquhar, Lockerbie, Auchencairn, and Thornhill.
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  • This was a very interesting museum. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We learnt a lot things about Dumfries at this museum.  more »
  • Nice little museum of local life with free entry, but definitely worth paying the extra £1.50 to go up 3 flights of spiral stairs to the camera obscura at the very top which is still as interesting as...  more »
  • Not too far from the city centre, and entry is free. If you want to view the camera obscura at the top of the tower, then there is a small fee for a guide but it is well worth it as you can see all ar...  more »
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  • Sweet little museum with some fantastic finds. Well worth day trip.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting
  • 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.