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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

The Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura is a treasure house of history in Dumfries.

Opening hours

The museum and Camera Obscura are both open over the summer months (April to September):

Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

The Camera Obscura can be viewed over the winter if booked in advance and the weather is good. Call us before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Location map

The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

Facility information

  • Free entry - charge for the Camera Obscura (Adults £3.20 and Concessions £1.60)
  • Disabled access - windmill tower and Camera Obscura only accessible by spiral staircase

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.

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Page last updated: 03/10/17