Baird Institute

3 Lugar Street
Cumnock KA18 1AD

The Baird Institute Museum lies in the centre of the town of Cumnock, and was opened in 1891. The museum holds a collection of Mauchline ware of world importance, complimented by many items of Cumnock pottery, mining equipment, and photographs and artefacts of local and social history. Works of traditional and contemporary art and crafts are also displayed here.

Burns Cottage Museum

Burns Cottage
Alloway KA7 4PY

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son. The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world's most important collection of his life and works.

Darvel Telephone Museum

1b Burn Road
Darvel, Ayrshire KA17 0AJ

The Darvel Telephone Museum contains a unique display of telephone memorabilia dating from 1900s to the present day. At the moment there are no regular opening times. Please phone prior to visiting to ensure access.

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Brodick, Isle of Arran KA27 8DP

Originally the site of a small school, the present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room.

Largs Museum

Kirkgate House, Manse Court
Largs KA30 8AW

The museum has displays on the history of the town and the surrounding area, local family history, overseas links especially with Australia, the ship HMS Largs, and so on. Each year a special themed display is prepared for the museum's opening in June, July and August.

McKechnie Institute

Dalrymple Street
Girvan KA26 9AE

The McKechnie Institute opened in 1889 thanks to the benevolence of a local businessman, Thomas McKechnie. Its architectural style is Scottish Baronial with some Renaissance detailing. There are most often displays of items from the McKechnie Institute collection, in conjunction with a programme of temporary exhibitions in the downstairs and upstairs galleries.

Museum of the Cumbraes

Manse Street
Saltcoats KA21 5AA

Housed within Garrison House, the museum of The Cumbraes provides a fascinating glimpse into Cumbrae's past. From 4,000 year-old stone coffins - or 'cists' - found on the Cumbraes, through stories of smuggling in the 18th century to life during the second world war and indeed life on the island today.

North Ayrshire Museum

Manse Street
Saltcoats KA21 5AA

The North Ayrshire Museum is the main museum in North Ayrshire and displays the social history of the area. It is housed in an old parish church dating from 1744. Changing displays and exhibitions of the area's social history, archaeology, transport and culture are on show.

Rozelle House Galleries

Rozelle Park, Monument Road
Ayr KA7 4NQ

The Royal Burgh of Ayr held the Rozelle lands as part of the Barony lands of Alloway until an auction in 1754 to reduce the Burgh debt brought sale of the lands to Robert Hamilton for ??2,000. The Hamilton family made their fortune in the sugar and tobacco industries in the West Indies. Rozelle House is now a major display venue, currently showing the significant collection, Tam O' Shanter, a series of 54 paintings, by Alexander Goudie. Rozelle House is also home to the Ayrshire Yeomanry museum,

Scottish Maritime Museum

The Linthouse Building, Laird Forge, Gottries Road
Irvine KA12 8QE

Scotland's influence on the maritime history of the world from the 18th century to the modern day has been enormous and out of all proportion to the size of the country. The two sites operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum contain the exhibitions and collections that tell the story of that great maritime tradition.

Skelmorlie ROC Post

PA17 5AQ

Fifteen feet below the ground, a close-knit team of dedicated and highly trained volunteers waited for the message they hoped would never come. Throught the Cold War, the underground monitoring post of the Royal Observer Corps at Skelmorlie played an important role as part of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation. Collections: Includes many items of post equipment including air raid siren, ground zero indicator, bomb power indicator, burndept radio, teletalk and fixed survey meter. the post is also lucky to have the only known example of an experimental air filtration system in Scotland.

West Kilbride Museum

Public Hall, 1 Arthur Street
West Kilbride KA23 9EN

This local museum has a regular display which includes social history, trades and craft implements, dolls, toys and a large collection of Ayrshire lace embroidery and local Paisley weaving. There are also regular exhibitions held on specific topics.