We aim to provide an enjoyable way for people to discover more about our local heritage from the collections we hold.

Permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, specialist talks, school visits, family activities and tailored group visits offer different ways to learn from our collections.

Community Groups:

We welcome enquiries from community groups who wish to visit our venues or work in partnership with us on art and heritage projects. To discuss details please contact us.


We have hands on activities in our venues for younger visitors as well as discovery trails for inquisitive minds. You can download some of these trails here.

During school holidays we provide fun family activities linked the themes of our current exhibitions. Check out the What’s On page for details.

Pre-school, School and further education groups:

School and pre-school groups are welcome to visit us anytime during our normal opening hours. Please give the relevant venue a call in advance so that we can put your visit in the diary. Some of our lovely historic buildings have limited room for large groups. Our front of house staff will be happy to advise on good days and times to visit.

We have a number of self-directed discovery trails available to download here.

School groups who book in advance have free access the Camera Obscura at Dumfries Museum.

We are occasionally able to offer facilitated sessions for schools such as costumed interpreters creating an immersive experience of life in the past. Check out the What’s On page for more details.

*Teachers – also look out for information via GLOW.

Museum and gallery training opportunities:

We welcome enquiries from further education students who wish to complete practical elements of their training with us.
“Thank you so much for all you’ve done this summer. Your professional guidance and supervision has made this internship absolutely incredible”.
Carlie Manners, Museums and Galleries postgraduate studies student, Georgian College, Ontario, Canada, 2017.

“I first came to the museum as part of a professional development module at University in which I was required to find work experience in an area which I am interested in. Since then I have volunteered at the museum as it is an opportunity for me to gain skills in different areas and it gives me an insight into a work environment.”
Georgina Crane, Photography Student, University of Cumbria

Occasionally we are able to offer funded internships. Opportunities will be posted here when they are available.
“My placement year with Dumfries Museum is funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a national learning programme which allows me to gain an SVQ3 in Museums and Galleries Practice. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to work in such a unique and historical place as Dumfries Museum.”
Meg Stamper, 2018

More about Museum and Gallery studies in the UK
If you are interested in pursuing a career in Museums and Galleries many universities throughout the UK offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Museum, Gallery and Conservation related subjects. Continuous professional development opportunities are available from the Museums Association.

Loans boxes for education and community use
Learning from close examination of objects can be inspiring and fun. What do they look like? Are they heavy? How do they feel and smell? Our boxes contain historic and replica artefacts, some dressing up items and suggestions for relevant activities.

“Children enjoyed handling objects, suggesting what they were, who might have used them and then discussing notes. Thank you, would love to use again.”
Class teacher, Elmvale primary School

A wide range of boxes can be collected from specific venues across the region. A list of the boxes at participating venues is available here along with a note of the contents of each box.

Specialist interest
We aim to provide a varied programme of walks, talks and workshops offering a more in depth learning experience in topics related to our collections and exhibitions. Visit the What’s On page for details.

We welcome contact from specialist groups or individuals who wish to use our collections in their research. We can work in partnership with people studying our collections – many of you will have specialist knowledge which complements what we know about our objects. This can result in an academic paper or an exhibition at one of our venues. Contact us for more details.

Links to downloadable material:

Coming soon.
If you have a specific question about our collections then please contact us and we will try and help.