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.
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.
When you're visiting the museum pop into our shop to view the wide range of gifts and unusual and nostalgic toys for sale.
Exhibitions, Events and Workshops
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.
The Museums service has brought together the best of the historical treasure tours. In the collection at Dumfries Museum you will find the following:
For further information on the museum collections of Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire, visit the Future Museum website.