Explore intriguing history museums
Dumfries' Camera Obscura
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
an exhibit of the Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining
Discover fascinating museums where you can descend down into a mine, climb to the top of an old windmill or find out more about one of the most historic areas in Dumfries & Galloway.
Visit Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village which stands at 461 m above sea level and spend an afternoon in Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining. Explore a real 18th century lead mine set deep into the hillside and experience the feeling of working underground.
Learn more about the history of lead mining and follow the village paths to the two miners’ cottages to see how they lived. See a captivating collection of minerals, rocks, gold mining tools and local artefacts in the visitor centre, and take a gold panning lesson with an expert to try and start your own private collection.
Find out about Dumfries & Galloway and the history of its land, people and wildlife when you visit the Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura. See fossil footsteps left by prehistoric animals and stone carvings made by Scotland’s first Christians and admire the weapons and tools of the earliest people.
Follow the trails around the museum and take part in fun activities to discover more about the aspects of the Victorian workshop, farm and home. Finish your trip with a climb up the spiral staircase to reach the Camera Obscura, installed in 1836 on the top floor of the old windmill tower and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the region.
Uncover the history of the Stewartry in Kirkcudbright when you visit the Stewartry Museum. Founded in 1879, the collections chiefly relate to the human and natural history of the Stewartry committee area in Dumfries & Galloway - also known as Kirkcudbrightshire. The museum also includes a local history library and archive collections relating to the Stewartry as well as an extensive photographic collection detailing the history of the eastern half of Galloway.
With many intriguing and enjoyable collections to explore in Dumfries & Galloway, discover more of the region’s fascinating museums.
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