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Dumfries Museum, Dumfries

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.9/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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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  • good little museum with very helpful staff .we were lucky to get a good view from the camera obscura 
  • Was taken along by a brother and his wife. Well worth it, good information about local area history and wildlife. And then theres the camera obscura a definite must do. 
  • It is one if the beat museums I've been; lovely exhibits and the staff were friendly and attentive. The kids loved it and the only down is not having more time to read all the facts. Specially interes...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
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