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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

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.

Opening hours

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


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

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

01387 253374



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

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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