Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

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.

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.



Visitor info

Opening hours

23rd March – 30th Sep,,Monday - Saturday 10AM-5PM & Sunday 2PM-5PM


The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries, DG2 7SW


Admission to the museum is free. There is a small charge for optional camera obscura presentations


Level access on the ground floor and lift access to upper floor

Getting Here

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