Museums in the Area
The Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright
The Stewartry Museum was founded in 1879. As the collections grew, the present purpose-built museum was opened in 1893. In recent years the interior has been considerably upgraded whilst retaining its charm as a traditional late Victorian museum.
Its collections chiefly relate to the human and natural history of the Stewartry also known as Kirkcudbrightshire. The permanent collection includes the "Siller Gun" – Britain's earliest surviving sporting trophy, and works by Kirkcudbrightshire artists including Jessie M King. Temporary exhibitions highlight different aspects of the collection and Museums Service activities. Has been described as a museum of museums...
David Coulthard Museum, Twynholm.
Fomula 1 driver David Coulthard is a native of nearby Twynholm which is the home of a museum celebrating the achievements of the driver, and of the sport. Almost every trophy David has ever won is on display as well as race suits, helmets and an impressive collection of David's race cars including his first kart and Red Bull RB2 F1 car.
In addition to the museum there is the Pitstop Diner where you can get a quick tea, coffee, snack or some fresh home baking. An interesting and instructive family destination.
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries
Situated in the town's eighteenth century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns' last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late eighteenth century.The exhibition is illuminated by many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet. There is a fascinating scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s and a haunting audio-visual presentation.
There are museum trails and fun activities, and visitor information to help you explore Dumfries and Galloway's Burns connections.
This unique little museum displays not only items and artifacts of Dalbeattie's varied history, but also contains much of interest about the social history of this area of Scotland. Dalbeattie's links to the Titanic are highlighted as are its connections with the famous Dalbeattie Granite quarrying industry. The most amazing thing of all is that the display stems from the collection of one local man who has dedicated his life to establishing and growing this celebration of local history. Free entry.
Gem Rock Museum, Creetown.
The Gem Rock Museum is the leading independent museum of its kind in the UK and is renowned worldwide. Owned and run by the Stephenson family it is regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain. Crystals and minerals are some of natures most outstanding creations and the collection demonstrates this with many fine specimens of world class standard on display. Tea room is open 7 days a week and offers a wide variety of home made food.