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Dumfries Museum

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Address: Church St., Dumfries, Scotland
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Well presented and interesting museum

This is a small but well presented museum showing the history of the area. Part of the museum houses the Camera Obscura which I would recommend. The Museum entrance if free but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small but well presented museum showing the history of the area. Part of the museum houses the Camera Obscura which I would recommend. The Museum entrance if free but there is a small charge for the Camera Obscura. I think we paid £3 each but you do get a member of staff with you to explain how... More 

Thank Jimmuswell
Selkirk, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a day to spend in Dumfries and was advised that to kill a few hours visit the museum and camera obscura. Climbed the hill up to the museum where i was greeted at the desk by a lady with a lovely, bubbly personality." Would you be interested in a visit to the camera obscura", she politely asked, "yes i... More 

1 Thank cocoadikay
Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

There is an extra charge for the Camera Obscura but admission to the museum is free and well worth a visit. We took our two young grandchildren (aged 2 and 4) and they had a great time, looking at the many different exhibits - stuffed animals, ancient tools and machinery, clothes that people used to wear, grandfather clocks etc.etc. There... More 

Thank Lifebeyond70
Preston, United Kingdom
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415 reviews
270 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

An interesting museum with different themes as you walk around. There are exhibitions on Archaeology with a lot of items from long ago and you can see fossil footprints and various types of stones, and stuffed birds and animals. There are also different textile items to look at, including information about spinning, weaving and knitting and a Local History section... More 

Thank vivEngland
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I've given this museum five stars for the camera obscura alone. The museum itself is worth exploring, and when we went there were school groups there - it was great to see it being visited. The camera obscura is outstanding. It was one thing to read about the history of Dumfries and another to see it reflected right there, live,... More 

Thank Erin188569
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105 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to spend some time in. It was so versatile in all that they had on display. It would suit most of the family.

Thank Robert M
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Great views from the top in any weather conditions. Difficult to park too close but spaces found around.

1 Thank Abetifi6
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The a camera obscura was amazing. You reach it via a steep winding staircase. The friendly and informative guide explains how it works - the detail that can be seen of the town below is amazing. There is too much to see in the rest of the museum for one visit. There is a wide variety of interesting subjects on... More 

1 Thank cathie22016
Kettering, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We visited on a cold winters day and after wandering round looking at the history and artefacts we enjoyed an ice cream. The curator even allowed us to sit and watch a virtual tour of Robert Burns house.

Thank Georgina D
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This museum is excellent as it covers a great deal of local history, nature and industry. There are great views of the surrounding area. It has a camera obscura which is amazing and has to be seen to be believed.

Thank gilliansheath

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