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Whithorn Priory Museum   

One of the earliest Christian sites, traditionally founded by Ninian in the 5th or 6th Century.

The World Famous Old Blacksmith Shop Centre   

Gretna Green: Gateway to Scotland.

The Writers' Museum   

A rich collection of portraits, manuscripts and personal exhibits, including Burns' writing desk.

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum   

The Birthplace of Andrew Carnegie who made a fortune in the steel furnaces of America - and gave it all away.

Auchindrain Township-Open Air Museum   

Auchindrain is an original West Highland township, or village, of great antiquity and the only communal tenancy township in Scotland to have survived on its centuries old site much in its original form.

Brass Rubbing Centre   

A fascinating collection of replicas of rare Scottish brasses, for brass rubbing. No experience necessary.

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   

Creetown Gem Rock Museum & Shop.

Dalgarven Mill Museum   

Dalgarven mill is a unique museum of country life and costume ln Kilwinning Ayrshire Scotland.

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank   

Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Ayrshire, where you can view exhibits and collections from maritime and shipbuilding history from the 18th century onwards.

Dynamic Earth   

Our Dynamic Earth offers a totally new concept in visitor entertainment. It combines the very latest interpretative technology and special effects with cutting edge scientific thinking.

Edinburgh Castle   

This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history.

Ellisland Farm   

Scottish poet Robert Burns lived at Ellisland Farm in Dumfries and Galloway - now one of the most popular Burns visitor attractions and museums in Scotland

Fife Folk Museum   

The Fife Folk Museum invites you to discover the history of everyday rural life in this area.

Hunter House Heritage Centre   

Hunter House was home to John and William Hunter, famous medical brothers who were born and raised here in the 18th century.

Hutchesons' Hall   

Built in 1802-5, this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Glasgow.

Jane Welsh Carlyle Museum   

Jane Baillie Welsh was the only child of Dr John Welsh, 19th century Haddington medical practitioner. In 1821, she met and was courted by her man of genius, Thomas Carlyle, historian, writer, philosopher and prophet.

John Hastie Museum   

The displays focus on the life of the area including its agriculture and weaving history and the character of the community which has bred fervent Covenanters in the 1600s and a Radical Revolt in the 1800s.

John McDouall Stuart Museum   

This house is the birthplace of John McDouall Stuart, the first European explorer to make a return journey across Australia in 1861-62.

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.

Museum of Childhood   

The noisiest museum in the world!

Museum of Edinburgh   

Home to important collections relating to the history of Edinburgh.

Museum of Lead Mining   

Museum showing the history of Lead Mining in Scotland.

Newhaven Heritage Museum   

Tells the story of the village of Newhaven, and gives visitors an idea of life in the tightly-knit fishing community.

Newton Stewart Museum   

The Museum contains a wealth of historical treasures, some pre-Victorian, and has exciting and interesting displays of the natural and social history of Galloway.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery   

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.

The People's Story   

Uses oral history, reminiscence and written sources to tell the story of the ordinary people of Edinburgh from the late 18th Century to the present day.

Queensferry Museum   

The museum gives spectacular views of the Forth bridges, and its collections include information on how they were built.

The Royal Yacht Britannia   

The Royal Yacht Britannia website provides a unique insight into the history of the yacht, visitor information, hospitality & events, archived press releases and a chance to buy Britannia Merchandise on line.

Savings Banks Museum   

In 1810 Dr Duncan opened the world's first commercial savings bank, paying interest of its investors' modest savings.

Scottish Maritime Museum   

Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Ayrshire, where you can view exhibits and collections from maritime and shipbuilding history from the 18th century onwards.

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. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum Garden   

St Andrews Preservation Trust was founded to preserve the historic character of St Andrews, the site presents details of the objectives of the Trust and some of the amenities which it seeks to preserve.

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.

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