Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

Attractions in Dumfries

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Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura


The museum is treasure house of history telling the story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway. Look out for fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland’s first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home. The museum also hosts a lively programme of special exhibitions and events throughout the season, together with visitor information and a shop with unusual and nostalgic toys, gifts and books on local history. The Camera Obscura, installed in 1836, is on the top floor of the old windmill tower. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. VisitScotland has awarded Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura with 4 stars for the standard of the facilities and services. Free entry - charge for the Camera Obscura (Adults £3.40 and Concessions £1.70) Disabled access - windmill tower and Camera Obscura only accessible by spiral staircase.


Here within the Dumfries and Galloway Chapter of this Scottish edition, your going to find some of Scotland's first and last attractions and when you take into consideration just how much history is here within its boundaries, you just have to come and visit. A lot of that history can be found here at the Dumfries and Camera Obscura just over the river. I personally liked the artefacts on display from the prehistoric era and to be able to see where the dinosaur’s once wielded great power, along with everything else here, just adds to the experience of a visit to this great and fascinating little museum. One other thing that is a must see experience, is that of the Camera Obscura, even though it depends a lot on how the weather is out there, to be able to see through this great piece of British ingenuity is absolutely mind blowing!

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Contact Us

The Observatory , Rotchell Road,
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway , DG2 7SW

01387 253374





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