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Dumfries Museum

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Address: Church St., Dumfries, Scotland
Phone Number: 01387/253-374
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Has to be seen to believe

While it is on top of a steep hill it is worth the climb to see the camera obscura. The obscura is only open on day when the weather is good, however it is easy to understand why... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

While it is on top of a steep hill it is worth the climb to see the camera obscura. The obscura is only open on day when the weather is good, however it is easy to understand why when you see it working. This should not put you of visiting the museum if the weather is a little inclement. The... More 

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Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a nice local museum which covers lots of general topics (geology, natural history, etc.) The highlight though has to be the oldest working Camera Obscura. It's nice to see the kids impressed by something visual which is "analogue" - they had great fun moving the image around with white cards and hopefully learnt something in the process. Use... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Did not know about this great little museum till we visited Dumfries. Great information and the oldest camera obscura in Scotland (older than the one in Edinburgh) which I did not know. Definitely join the great demonstration, the guide knew his stuff. Really enjoyed this and would recommend a visit if you are in the area. Not suitable if you... More 

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Rothesay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent smallish museum. Displays were very well presented and a great variety. Historically this was really interesting, staff were also informative and friendly. We spent over 2hours there and were not bored in the slightest. It was a little gem that we did not expect to find. Well done to Dumfries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Wow! Been visiting relatives in Dumfries for the last 10 years and I've never been here. The Dumfries Museum is really impressive, especially as it's free! Lots of local history going back 1000s of years, literally. Some very interesting exhibits. The high-point of my trip was the Camera Obscura. Yes, there was a charge for it (less than £10 for... More 

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Stafford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have been to Dumfries many times but only made it to the museum on our last visit. What a discovery! The camera obscura is fascinating and give a sharper view than any others we have seen, the exhibits are very well presented and the staff are so friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic about their jobs and the museum.The museum collection... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Kids enjoys the trails based for both the older and younger ones. Staff were helpful and over all the history packed under the small roof is amazing. Parking and close walking distance to other local interests

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The museum is free and interesting though small but the must see is the camera obscura. It's belived to be the oldest one in the country and worth the £2.80 . It's simply amazing what you can see.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a local, free museum and is therefore very small so it's certainly not a place for day trips, however, it is definitely worth calling in if you are in the area. We happily spent an hour or so there as a family. The staff were so friendly and very engaging, there were some great little touches such as... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Very interesting especially the camera obscura. Other interesting items in the general museum. Staff very friendly,

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