The Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Attractions in Newton Stewart

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The Creetown Gem Rock Museum


The collection contains many fine and rare examples of crystals found in Britain. They are displayed alongside many other colourful specimens from around the world with unusual items such as the 4.5 billion year old, three kilogram meteorite, the fossilised egg and dung of a dinosaur! The “Maverick” gold nugget is one of the largest natural gold specimens on display in the U.K. generously donated to the museum by “Maverick” Bill Wilson and his wife Margaret.The displays include a brilliant set of exquisitely cut replicas of the world’s largest diamonds. One of the astonishing things about crystals is the diversity of colour which is well represented by the thousands of cut gemstones on display, many of which are rare varieties.In our unique Crystal Cave you will see crystals and minerals displayed in a realistic cave setting. Beautiful jewel-like examples will be revealed around every corner.Then there is the fluorescent display in which ordinary looking rock specimens suddenly take on a colourful glow, a phenomenon brought about by the mineral’s natural composition.Relax in the learned surroundings of our Victorian themed study.The “Fire in the Stones” audio visual presentation will take you on a journey of discovery in which you will meet the founding fathers of the science. It illustrates the creation of the minerals and gemstones and how mankind has first studied and understood these structures then cut, polished and crafted them into beautiful works of art.he Gem Rock Shop offers one of the best selections of gemstone jewellery, gifts and collectibles in Scotland. It is jam packed full of a huge selection of silver gem set and beaded jewellery, with styles for every taste and prices for every pocket. We also sell a lovely, unique selection of gifts and collectibles – for example, agate book ends, onyx marble bowls, candle holders and carvings. Beaded jewellery can be made to order and Tim, a gemologist and lapidary, can cut, polish and set stones to order too.The avid collector will also find a huge selection of fossils and minerals of all shapes and sizes and there’s a children’s corner with toys and gifts with a Gem Rock focus – for example, grow your own crystals, gold panning kits, dinosaurs and the famous Creetown gem bugs.he crystal healer – or just those interested in the various properties of the stones – will also find a huge selection of carvings, wands, spheres, eggs or just simply tumbled stones.


The Creetown Rock Museum has to be the biggest, smallest museum we have in the book and together with its fantastic collection of gems and rocks from all over the world, never mind Scotland. Tim & Carolyn Stephenson unwittingly, have created one of Scotland’s biggest and brightest of all of its hidden gems, excuse the pun! The collection was originally started by Tim’s father at his home and now when the collection has got that big, they needed somewhere more appropriate to house them and where better than here at Creetown former schoolhouse. I think also worthy of a mention is the ‘prospectors’ tearoom. Here you can grab yourself a hearty breakfast, lunch, or just an innocent pot of tea and cake, no matter what it is your looking for, this cute little tearoom can satisfy your culinary needs. I really love this little museum and I’m sure you will too!

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Contact Us

Chain Road , Creetown,
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway , DG8 7HJ




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