Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

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The Dick Institute is a museum in Kilmarnock, Scotland. It is an important cultural venue in the south-west of Scotland, featuring the largest museum and art gallery space in Ayrshire as well as East Ayrshire's central library.History of the buildingThe Dick Institute was opened in 1901. The funds which were required to build the Institute were provided by James Dick, who lived in Australia but was born, in 1823, in Soulis Street, Kilmarnock. The building was severely damaged by fire only eight years after it opened. Some of the museum's collections were lost in the fire but it reopened in 1911 and was used as an auxiliary hospital in 1917 during World War I.Present dayThe Dick Institute has a programme that includes nationally important exhibitions, permanent displays of the museum's own collections and work by contemporary artists, film makers and young people from the area, giving the Dick Institute a growing reputation for the quality and scope of its exhibitions and events. Previous major exhibitions have included Miffy, Quentin Blake, Wallace and Gromit, Cutting Edge, Radical Nature and Bill Viola.Many of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists including Kenny Hunter, Simon Ward and Christine Borland have been shown and creative commissioning programmes have supported artistic talent, by linking with major shows such as Ayrshire Innovators, Creative Burns and South By South West. The South Museum and Loom Room feature stories of the local and social history of the area as well as a Johnnie Walker display featuring a selection of illustrations and objects from the company and from the Institute's own collections.
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  • Fantastic experience for students from the local college to view Nathan Coley PALACE exhibition. Plenty of room for the students to draw in situ.  more »
  • I visit here quite a lot, as it has a great library,where you can rent out books and dvds,use the internet,also has facilities for printing & photo copying.They also have great art exhibitions on regu...  more »
  • Great place to visit interesting exhibits, loan books or attend special events. Well worth a visit, especially if you are local.  more »
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  • An excellent multi-fuctional resource comprising libraries, galleries, museum and a versatile venue and event space. Staff are always friendly and helpful and make the Dick Institute a warm and welcoming place to visit.
  • Well stocked library and D.v.d collection, quality museum and regular artists displays. Worth a visit.
  • Love my local library with helpful and knowledgeable staff.
  • This a magnificent Building, which Kilmarnock must be very proud of. Excellently stocked library, learning rooms and it includes a museum. There are alternative entrances for wheelchairs, it does not offer a museum gift shop.
  • Many interesting and some fascinating exhibits to look at from various fields

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