Museums in Southern Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle
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Abbot House
The volunteer-run Abbot House Heritage Centre - dubbed 'The People's Tardis' - propels the traveller through time from the days of the Picts...a time warp peopled by a veritable Who's Who of characters from Dunfermline's past.
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
In the cottage where the millionaire benefactor was born in 1835 is told the family's story prior to their emigration to the United States.
Annet House Museum & Garden
Linlithgow's Museum, Annet House Museum & Garden is situated in Annet House on the Royal Burgh's historic High Street.
Auchindrain
There's nowhere like it in Scotland. Auchindrain gives visitors a fascinating and authentic insight into how people lived,worked and played in the old Highlands, from the first record of Auchindrain in 1533 to when the last residents moved away in
Boness and Kinneil Railway
The Boness and Kinneil Railway is home to an exciting collection of railway buildings, locomotives, equipment, carriages and wagons.
Brass Rubbing Centre
In the centre you will find a fascinating collection of replicas moulded from ancient Pictish Stones, rare Scottish brasses and medieval church brasses.
British Golf Museum
Where better to find out about the history of golf than at St Andrews, the home of golf?
Burns House
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.
Burrell Collection
In the heart of Pollok Country Park, this award-winning building contains a unique collection of art in a beautiful woodland setting.
Callendar House
Have a grand day out at Callendar House in Falkirk. Situated amidst magnificent park and woodland, Callendar House tells stories spanning almost 2000 years
Camera Obscura & World Of Illusions
At the top of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile you'll find the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - an attraction which offers a fascinating range of optical illusions old and new.
Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum
The story of Glasgow and the River Clyde is brought vividly to life at Clydebuilt, the Scottish Maritime Museum at Braehead.
Coats Observatory
At the 1880 Annual General Meeting of the Paisley Philosophical Institution, it was proposed that the Society should purchase an astronomical telescope.
Creetown Gem and Rock Museum
The Creetown Gem Rock Museum houses one of the finest privately owned collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, gemstone objet d'art and fossils in Britain.
Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life And Costume
There has been a mill on the site since the 14th century, set up by the monks of Killwinning Abbey. The Present mill was erected in 1640 and rebuilt in 1880 after being damaged by fire.
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
A visit to the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank is a unique chance to step back into the world of the Victorian ship designer. Built in 1882 the Denny Tank was the first commercial ship model testing tank built in the world.
Dynamic Earth
Edinburgh's 5 star Our Dynamic Earth invites you on a journey back through space and time 15,000 million years.
Easdale Island Folk Museum
The Easdale Folk Museum aims to show a snapshot of life on Easdale Island as it was in the 19th Century, when the Island was the centre of the Scottish slate industry.
Edinburgh Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh is a great place to visit if you're in Edinburgh - a whirlwhind tour of all sorts of toys and games from Victorian to modern times...
Fife Folk Museum
The Fife Folk Museum invites you to discover the history of everyday rural life in this area.
Fossil Grove
Fossil Grove is Glasgow's most ancient attraction. Its fossil trees provide an insight into the world of 330 million years ago.
Gladstone Court Victorian Street Museum
Children of all ages can stroll along the 'real' Victorian street and visit the small shops or perhaps sit in the schoolroom to recall the not so good old days.
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
This is the first publicly accessible store for the Glasgow City's museum service.
Glasgow Police Museum
At the Glasgow Police Museum you have the unique opportunity to step into the compelling and dramatic history of the United Kingdom's oldest police force.
Glasgow School of Art
The history of the Glasgow School of Art is inextricably linked to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A graduate of the School, Mackintosh's 1896 design for a new School of Art building heralded the birth of a new style in 20th century European architecture.
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions. GSC encapsulates the world of science and technology in new, fun and exciting ways.
Greenhill Covenanters House
Greenhill is a place where time has been made to stand still taking us back from the time when King James VI travelled south of the border to his new kingdom to the time over a century later when the two kingdoms were united.
Hawick Museum and Gallery
Situated in the award winning Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick Museum and Gallery has a lively programme of art and museum exhibitions throughout the year.
Hidden Treasures Museum of Lead Mining
Wanlockhead is Britain's highest village, sitting over 1500 feet up in the dramatic scenery of the Lowther Hills. At Hidden Treasures visitors can explore the rich culture and heritage of Wanlockhead and its people.
Hutchesons' Hall
The present building was designed and built in 1802-5 by David Hamilton and major reconstruction work by John Baird in 1876 resulted in today's impressive interior, with its elegant hall and staircase.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has welcomed over 6 million visitors since reopening in 2006.
Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, set in the town's lovely War Memorial Gardens, houses a collection of fine and decorative arts of local and national importance.
Lanark Museum
The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum, situated near the centre of this busy market town, was established in 1990 and houses a collection of items which are used to illustrate the ancient and varied history of the town.
Moat Park Heritage Centre
History in the Moat Park is interpreted in an unusual way; here the visitor can see a series of detailed scale models depicting archaeological sites as they would have been seen at the time of their use.
Motherwell Heritage Centre
The main feature of the centre is the multi-media 'Technopolis' facility This takes the visitor from the arrival of the Romans in the area, through the rise and fall of heavy industry to the present day regeneration of the district.
Museum of Edinburgh
The Museum of Edinburgh traces the history of the capital from prehistoric times to the present day. It also houses extensive collections of Edinburgh-made silver and glass, Scottish pottery and other decorative objects.
Museum of Flight
Man's fascination with flight comes to life at this First and Second World War airfield. Here you can explore an aviation collection that is one of the best in the UK.
Museum of Islay Life
This delightful Museum is situated in Port Charlotte in a former church. There are over 1600 items in the collection dating from 8000 BC to the 1950s.
Myreton Motor Museum
Myreton museum houses a large collection of cars , bicycles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles dating from 1899 to the 1970s.
National Museum of Rural Life
You'll find plenty to fill your day out at the National Museum of Rural Life.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. The museum, which has recently undergone a £47.4 million redevelopment, offers one of the UK's best days out.
National War Museum
In the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience.
New Lanark World Heritage Site
Over 200 years ago the beautiful sandstone cotton mills of New Lanark were founded in a dramatic gorge in Southern Scotland. Soon the village became known all over the world because of the work of mill owner and social pioneer Robert Owen.
Newton Stewart Museum
The exhibits in The Museum have been gifted or lent by local people and each year sees many additions to the collections and displays.
Paisley Museum
The Paisley Pattern is a design classic, you can see the beauty of the original shawls and discover the story of their intricate art at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.
People's Palace and Winter Gardens
The People's Palace is Glasgow's social history museum, set in historic Glasgow Green.
Provand's Lordship
Step back in time and discover a piece of Glasgow's history with a visit to the only medieval house in Glasgow.
Queensferry Museum
Situated in the historic former royal burgh of Queensferry, eight miles west of the city centre, the museum commands magnificent views of the two great bridges spanning the Forth.
Riverside Museum
Riverside Museum is a new evolution for the Glasgow Museum of Transport, previously located in Kelvin Hall.
Rozelle House Galleries and Maclaurin Art Galleries
Rozelle House is now a major display venue, currently showing the significant collection, 'Tam O' Shanter' - a series of 54 paintings, by Alexander Goudie. The Maclaurin collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.
Savings Banks Museum
In 1810 Dr Duncan opened the world's first commercial savings bank, paying interest of its investors' modest savings.
Scotland Street School Museum
Glasgow's most celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) designed Scotland Street School between 1903 and 1906 for the School Board of Glasgow.
Scottish Fisheries Museum
The Museum researches and tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from the earliest times to the present.
Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine was once one of Glasgow's main trading ports. Now it is the home of the Scottish Maritime Museum. The Museum was set up in 1983 and continues to expand with new displays, exhibits and facilities.
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum
The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is now the acknowledged focal point of historic bus restoration and operation in Scotland.
Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Nestling beneath Stirling Castle, in the King's Park, the ancient hunting grounds of the Stuart monarchs, and now a suburb of opulent Victorian mansions, is the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
The award-winning St Mungo Museum explores the importance of religion in people's lives and art across the world and across time. It aims to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none.
St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum & Garden
The Trust is a charitable organisation which aims to preserve the history and character of St Andrews
Summerlee Industrial Museum
Summerlee Industrial Museum is a VisitScotland '4 Star' attraction and 'Best Working Attraction' award winner. Its 22 acres are based around the site of the 19th Century Summerlee Ironworks.
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse, Scotland's first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design, was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in 1999, a renamed, £13 million conversion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1895 Glasgow Herald newspaper office.
The Museum of Piping
Compiled over many years, the collection of piping photographs, instruments and other memorabilia is unrivalled.
The People's Story
Situated in the Canongate Tolbooth this museum was opened in 1989. It tells of the life and work of Edinburgh's ordinary people from the late 18th century to the present day.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
For over forty years The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world.
The Stewartry Museum
The Stewartry Museum was founded in 1879, and first occupied part of Kirkcudbright Town Hall. As the collections grew, the present purpose-built museum was opened in 1893.
The World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Attractions
When people hear the name Gretna Green their thoughts often step back in time to the history of runaway marriages. The Old Blacksmith's Shop is at the heart of this fascinating tradition.
The Writers' Museum
The Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of scotland's great literary figures.
Vikingar
The award winning Vikingar! is situated in the beautiful coastal town of Largs, and has views over the Firth of Clyde, the Isles of Cumbrae and beyond.
Whithorn Priory & Museum
Whithorn Priory is the cradle of Christianity in Scotland, founded in the 5th century.

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