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30th May 2018 | Regional News

Marvellous Museums in Scotland

Scotland has a rich and fascinating history, and there are plenty of museums around the country where you can learn about it. From tiny traditional houses to extravagant exhibitions, there’s a huge range of museums you can discover when holidaying in Scotland.

Whether you want to explore local legends, find out more about science and technology, or simply want to know what life was like in Scotland many years ago, you’re bound to find a museum to suit you. Here are four of our favourite museums in Scotland, perfect for a family day out!

Highland Folk Museum

Just 50 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park is the Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first ever open-air museum. Visitors can learn about what life was like in the Highlands from the 1700s up to the 1950s.

This family-favourite of a museum is over a mile long, and there are over 30 restored buildings that help bring the history to life. There are heather-thatched houses filled with old fireplaces and furniture, small farms (known as “crofts”) where you’ll find farmyard animals and tractors, and even an old Highland school. As well as all of this, you’ll also see a clockmaker’s workshop, a tailor’s shop, a post office and so much more. There are even actors on-site dressed in period costumes, playing the roles of workers from many years ago.

As well as learning about Highland life, there are picnic tables, a play area and a café to enjoy. The museum is located in a beautiful natural setting, making it the perfect place to head out on a woodland walk, where you can search for red squirrels.


Video sourced from Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet, and there are many places around the country where you can learn about his life and work. One of the best places to find out more about this lyrical genius is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, less than 15 minutes from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park.

The Museum is made up of six different sites, each one offering a unique insight into Burns’ life. Firstly, there’s Burns Cottage, where you can explore the home where ‘Rabbie’ and his family once lived. Afterwards, head up to the Brig o’ Doon, also known as ‘the Auld Brig’. This 15th century bridge over the River Doon is mentioned in one of Burns’ most famous poems; Tam o’ Shanter. Take a stroll across the bridge and admire the beautiful gardens and river that surrounds it.

Burns Monument and Gardens are also worth visiting whilst you’re there. Admire the 70-foot high Grecian-style temple, as well as towering trees and spectacular flowers. When you reach the museum, you’ll learn about the poet through interactive exhibitions, games and quizzes. There are books and manuscripts on display, as well as personal items, such as a writing kit, a pair of pistols, and even a lock of his hair!


Video sourced from TimeTravellersGirl

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Set inside a magical 18th century windmill, learn about Dumfries and Galloway’s fascinating history at Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura. From prehistoric fossils to tools used to create stone carvings, there’s so much for visitors to explore.

Just 25 minutes from Southerness Holiday Park, this unique museum is the largest in the region. Originally built as a four-storey windmill in 1798, the tower was converted into an observatory in 1836 after being bought by the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Astronomical Society. In 1862, the main hall became a museum, housing a range of fascinating collections which can still be seen today. One of the most well-known items in the museum is a cast of the skull of Robert the Bruce, the former King of Scots. There’s also a stone-built coffin from the Bronze Age, an extensive collection of Celtic and Roman stone crosses, and a replica of the first ever bicycle!

What makes this museum so special is the Camera Obscura. Climb all the way up to the top floor of the windmill, gaze through the camera’s viewfinder and admire panoramic views of the town, which are projected onto a focusing table below. Installed in 1836, it’s the oldest working camera obscura in the world, making it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There’s also a gift shop on-site, where you can pick up a range of nostalgic toys for the kids to enjoy.


Video sourced from DAVID SLATER DRSVIDEOCLIPS

Glasgow Science Centre

If you’re staying at Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, then you’re just 50 minutes from Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Here, you’ll find the Glasgow Science Centre, offering up a fantastic day out for all ages! There are over 300 interactive exhibits to enjoy, all providing an insight into technology and science.

From computer coding and robotics, to the human body and the future of energy, there’s lots to learn when visiting this award-winning attraction. A popular part of the museum is the Question of Perception exhibition, where things are not what they seem. This exhibition is filled with optical illusions and will leave you wondering if what you’re seeing is real. There are upside-down rooms, mind-boggling puzzles and shrinking mirrors, offering plenty of fun for the whole family. Another popular area is the Planetarium, taking you on an exciting journey through the Solar System. There are experts and astronomers on-hand to tell you about the universe, as well as an array of 360-degree films, giving you an immersive experience like no other.

Don’t leave without visiting the BodyWorks exhibition, where you’ll learn about the human body, including your own! From the grip test and reaction timer, to a balance board and sprint track, record your performance and compete against your family and friends. You’ll also learn how the human body fights infections, how we digest food, how DNA can prove our identity, and so much more!


Video sourced by Glasgow Science Centre

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