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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura   

About us

A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway telling the story of the land and people of the region. The Camera Obscura, installed in the windmill tower in 1836, is the oldest working instrument in the world.

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 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. A unique experience.

Visit us

Opening hours

  • Museum: April to September: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm / October to March: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm
  • Camera Obscura: April to September (viewings are not available when it is raining in order to preserve this rare historical instrument).

Admission charges

  • Museum: Admission to the Museum is free
  • Dumfries Museum let (out with normal opening hours) - per hour £10.00
  • Camera Obscura: Adults £3.00, Concessions £1.50

Out of hours visits

If your group would be interested in visiting any of our museums out with opening hours, please contact Dumfries Museum who will be happy to discuss your requirements, telephone 01387 253374.


Access to the Camera Obscura is by a spiral staircase - please contact us for more information.

Museum shop

When you're visiting the museum pop into our shop to view the wide range of gifts and unusual and nostalgic toys for sale.

What's on

Exhibitions, Events and Workshops

Our collections

Loans are available to schools and community groups for a period of up to three weeks. If you would like to borrow a loan collection please contact Dumfries Museum to find out if the collection you need is available. If it is, we will reserve if for a week and you can collect it anytime during museum opening hours.

Treasure Tours

The Museums service has brought together the best of the historical treasure tours. In the collection at Dumfries Museum you will find the following:

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie in Dumfries (Teapot, knife and fork used by Charles Edward Stewart)
  • Carved Sandstone Head
  • Celtic Penannular Brooch
  • Decorative Interlace Plaque
  • Man-of-War Ship Model
  • Model of a Solway Trawl Boat
  • Robert Smith's Death Mask
  • Model of the skull of Robert the Bruce
  • Silver Curling Medal, Keir
  • The Siller Guns of Kirkcudbright an Dumfries

For further information on the museum collections of Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire, visit the Future Museum website.

Contact us

The Observatory
Rotchell Road
01387 253374
01387 265081
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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