Annan Museum

Bank Street
Annan DG12 6AA

Small and friendly local history museum. A regular programme of local history, archeology, photographic and arts and craft exhibitions.

Burns House Museum

Burns Street
Dumfries DG1 2PS

It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty seven. Collections: The desk and chair in the study where Robert Burns wrote his best known poems, the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work, many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet and his family.

Creetown Heritage Museum & Exhibition Centre

Creetown Heritage Museum, The Exhibition Centre, 16 St John Street
Newton Stewart DG8 7JE

Surrounded by all the luscious green tranquility of the hills and forests of Galloway, here is to be found the fascinating history of a small town built on granite. Originally, Creetown was known as Ferrytown of Cree because up to three ferries took pilgrims across the Cree on their way to visit the shrine of St Ninian of Whithorn.

Dalbeattie Museum

Southwick Road
Dalbeattie DG5 4HA

The museum is an excellent record of Dalbeattie in Victorian and early 20th century times, right up to the 50s and 60s. There is an old fashioned 'shop' at the front of the museum, plus a 1920s kitchen, and a small viewing room to look at movies of old Dalbeattie.

Devil's Porridge Exhibition

Stansfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
Annan DG12 6TF

The Devil's Porridge Exhibition was founded in 1997 by Richard Brodie and tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth. 9 miles long and 2 miles wide HM Factory Gretna employed 30,000 people during the First World War, most of them women, and produced 1100 tons of cordite every week.

Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum

Heathhall Industrial Estate, Heathhall
Dumfries DG1 3PH

Based around the original control tower of the former RAF Dumfries, the museum is a fascinating collection of aircraft and memorabilia reaching back to the golden years of flight. The museum is staffed and maintained entirely by volunteers from the membership of the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Group.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

The Observatory
Dumfries DG2 7SW

A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway telling the story of the land and people of the region. The Camera Obscura, installed in 1836, is on the top floor of the old windmill tower. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. Collections: 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.

John Paul Jones Museum

John Paul Jones Cottage, Arbigland, Kirkbean
Dumfries DG2 8BG

The cottage is furnished in the style of the 1700s when John Paul Jones, 'The Father of the American Navy', was born. Through headsets his mother describes life in the cottage.

Moffat Museum

The Neuk, Church Gate
Moffat DG10 9EG

Originally established in Moffat's old Bakehouse, Moffat Museum provides a fascinating insight into the town's history: from early Roman times, the Border Reivers, the heyday of its coaching era, to the discovery of the Well and Moffat's popularity as a spa.

Newton Stewart Museum

The Museum, York Road
Newton Stewart DG8 6HH

Housed in the former St John's Church, the museum contains a wealth of historical treasures, some pre-Victorian, with exciting and interesting displays of the natural and social history of Galloway.

Old Bridge House Museum

Mill Road
Dumfries DG2 7BE

Built in 1660 into the sandstone of the bridge itself, Dumfries' oldest house is now a museum of everyday life in the town. A Museum trail brings the story alive. Collections: Furnished room settings include a family kitchen, nursery and bedroom of a Victorian home, and an early dentist.

Robert Burns Centre

Mill Road
Dumfries DG2 7BE

Situated in the town's 18th century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns' last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late 18th century. There are museum trails and fun activities, and visitor information to help you explore Dumfries and Galloway's Burns connections.

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

High Street
Sanquhar DG4 6BN

Discover Sanquhar's world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. What was it like to be a prisoner in Sanquhar jail? How did the ordinary people of Upper Nithsdale live and work in times past? All this and more can be found in the town's fine 18th century tolbooth. A free audio-visual presentation and museum trail takes you on a tour, revealing the fascinating story of Upper Nithsdale.

Savings Banks Museum

Ruthwell DG1 4NN

The museum houses a collection of early home safes, coins and bank notes from many parts of the world, including the first three lock box used in the Ruthwell Parish Bank. As well as bank memorabilia and records, the collection traces the life of the Rev Henry Duncan, the 'Father' of Savings Banks, demonstrating his many interests and accomplishments.

Stewartry Museum

St Mary Street
Kirkcudbright DG6 4AQ

Opened in 1893, the museum has a collection of remarkable range and quality, reflecting the human and natural history of the Stewartry - the eastern half of Galloway. The social history collections of the 18th and 19th century are particularly important.

Stranraer Museum

The Old Town Hall, 55 George Street
Stranraer DG9 7JP

Stranraer's historic Old Town Hall, built in 1776, is the home of Stranraer Museum. Step inside and discover Wigtownshire's fascinating past.

Whithorn Trust

45-47 George Street
Whithorn DG8 8NS

The Whithorn Trust was set up in 1986 to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn, and to examine its role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland. The Trust was established as a direct consequence of an archaeological excavation at Whithorn in 1984. This project showed that remains had survived which dated back to the early centuries of Whithorn's development as a Christian centre.