Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
Dumfries Museum tells the story of the land and people of the region. Its collections include a Camera Obscura, located on the top floor of the old windmill tower, which gives a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and surrounding countryside.
The Camera Obscura, installed in 1836, is on the top floor of the old windmill tower on Corbelly Hill, overlooking the town of Dumfries. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of the town and surrounding countryside. Camera Obscura presentations are weather dependent in order to preserve this delicate historic instrument. The Camera Obscura is accessed via a spiral staircase.
The Camera Obscura and windmill tower are part of Dumfries Museum, a treasure house of history telling the story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway. Look out for fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland’s first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home.