The Dick Institute

Features a range of semi-permanent exhibitions which highlight East Ayrshire’s social and natural science heritage through our varied collections. One of the most visited items on display is the replica of John Wilson’s printing press which printed the first book of Robert Burns’ poems – Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect – more famously known as The Kilmarnock Edition. Must see items include original Burns manuscripts which are on rotation and include, Tam O’Shanter, The Twa Dogs and The Cottar’s Saturday Night. You can also view rare items from the Johnnie Walker Archive, some on display for the first time.

The Main Gallery plays host to world class touring exhibitions through our partnerships with national institutions such as TATE, the Design Museum, National Galleries Scotland, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Seven Stories in bringing household name exhibitions including Quentin Blake, Gerhard Richter, Michael Morpurgo, Bricktropolis (Lego), Miffy and Wallace and Gromit. The Dick Institute also proudly exhibits an ambitious range of temporary exhibitions hosting large scale shows and new commissions from Scotland’s leading contemporary visual artists including Christine Borland, Nathan Coley, Kenny Hunter, Rachel Maclean and Graham Fagan as well as works by applied artists Simon Ward and Timorous Beasties.


Visitor info

Opening hours

Closed Sunday & Monday. Tuesday & Wednesday - 10AM - 6PM, Thurs 1PM - 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM - 4PM


Dick Institute Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BN




level access on the ground floor and lift access to upper floor. Accessible toilets available



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