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Dumfries Museum

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Address: Church St., Dumfries, Scotland
Phone Number: 01387/253-374
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There's more to Dumfries than you think.

A very interesting and worthwhile stop in Dumfries. I enjoyed my time here, and I would strongly recommend the Camera Obscura (if it's a sunny day). Not only do you get to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A very interesting and worthwhile stop in Dumfries. I enjoyed my time here, and I would strongly recommend the Camera Obscura (if it's a sunny day). Not only do you get to see the astronomical camera at work, but a thorough history of Dumfries is given as the camera moves around the town. Whatever you do, do not miss the... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

On a sunny day this is a lovely spot to visit and the Camera Obscura is well worth the small charge. The museum has an quirky collection of local objects which are well displayed and explain the history of the area. A steep but short walk up from the town and there are lovely views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Originally from armour drive summerhill Dumfries educated laurieknowe ,I had privelidge to have tthis on my door step when we were young my big sister took me and brother there most times its not until you get older you appreciate it moor was last there approx. 3 years ago but will go back soon it hasn't changed much since 70,sreally... More 

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Turnberry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you visit Dumfries and it's a dry day or at least not raining when you visit go to the Museum and try the Camera Obscura.... Nowadays it's simple technology ( A lens, A mirror, A rope And a white table ) but still has that black magic, that it was undoubtedly was when first discovered, A panoramic live view... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The museum itself is on the ground floor and on several levels leading up to the top floor, which houses the camera obscura. It has lots of artifacts and information about the surrounding area, and is worth a visit for that alone. It's free to visit just the museum. The camera obscura is on the top floor and demonstrations are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Slightly hodgepodge in its layout but a really nice local museum. The camera obscurer was brilliant and well worth the few pounds each. Go here first and have the 19th century web cam experience, then go and find all of the places you have seen on the table.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Fascinating museum covering virtually all aspects of local history. Lots to see - well worth a visit.

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Leeton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The museum is well set out with good descriptions. Very interesting stuff. We were very impressed with the Camera Obscura. Go on a sunny day if possible. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was most impressed with the museum and how well it is geared up for young children. There are interactive quizzes to complete as well as exhibits which encourage imaginative play. The Camera Obscura is well worth a visit and staff were helpful and friendly. The museum is free of charge with a small charge for the Camera Obscura. An... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This visit was a little treasure trove ! The museum is full of interesting finds and well displayed. The camera obscura was amazing. To get the best views of dumfries from the obscura you need to go on a non raining day otherwise it will not be open. We had opportunity to get a 2nd go! As rain passed over... More 

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