Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura | Day Out With The Kids

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor

The locally treasured Dumfries Museum tells the unique story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway, with points of interest including the fossilised footprints of prehistoric animals, exhibits on the wildlife of the Solway, cave man era tools and weapons, plus intricate stone carvings by Scotland's first recorded Christians. You can also explore an interesting display of everyday items found on a Victorian farm, workshop and home which help recreate the atmosphere of authentic period experience.
One of the highlights has to be an amazing plaster cast of Robert The Bruce's skull, which may help prove that he secretly suffered from leprosy!
The Camera Obscura, conceptual predecessor of the camera, was installed in 1836 on the top floor of the old windmill tower. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. An unusual experience and one you can replicate later in miniature at home with mirrored card if you're feeling crafty! The Camera Obscura is reached by a steep spiral staircase, please contact them for mobility information but common sense dictates it's inappropriate for toddlers, those carrying a baby and those with mobility issues.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 7SW, Scotland


Click here to visit Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura's website
01387 253374

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00


Camera Obscura - Adults: £3.00, Concessions: £1.50

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