Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, Dumfries

The Museum

A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries Museum tells the story of the land and people of the region. 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, events and family activities throughout the year and has a shop selling unusual and nostalgic toys, gemstones, gifts and books.


Open all year

Easter (or 1 April) to September, Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm October to Easter (or 31 March) Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm

Admission free

The Camera Obscura

The world’s oldest working Camera Obscura is on the top floor of the windmill tower at Dumfries Museum. Originally an astronomical instrument, it was installed in 1836 when the windmill was converted into an observatory. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. A unique experience.

Open Easter (or 1 April) to September

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm

Small admission charge

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 on access.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
The Observatory, Rotchell Road,
Dumfries, DG2 7SW

tel: 01387 253374

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