Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura   

Facility Information

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.

A treasure house of history, Dumfries Museum tells 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 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.

Museum trails and fun activities, visitor information and shop with unusual and nostalgic toys, gifts and pocket money buys.

Opening hours

Open all year
April-September Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm
October-March Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Admission Charges

Admission to the Museum is free.

Dumfries Museum let (outwith normal opening hours) - per hour £10.00

Camera Obscura

Open April - September
Adults £2.70
Concessions £1.35

Camera Obscura viewings are not available when it is raining in order to preserve this rare historical instrument.


The Camera Obscura is reached by a spiral staircase - please contact us for more information.

Contact Details

The Observatory
Rotchell Road
01387 253374
01387 265081
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Related Information

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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