Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura, Dumfries
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Camera Obscura, Dumfries

Located at the Observatory in the Maxwelltown district of Dumfries, this museum describes the natural and social history of the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. Housed in a building which was constructed as a windmill in the 18th Century, all but the top floor are used to house the Dumfries Museum. These exhibition rooms house collections on the wildlife of the area, stone carvings, weapons and tools used by the area's earliest inhabitants, as well as Victorian artefacts from home, farm and workshop. The top floor houses a Camera Obscura, an historical astronomical instrument which gives panoramic views across the town. Owned and run by Dumfries and Galloway Council, the building was A-listed in 1961.

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