Dick Institute

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock: Hours, Address, Dick Institute Reviews: 4.5/5

Dick Institute
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sharon G
Darvel, Scotland, United Kingdom118 contributions
Knights and Castles.... And more!
Oct 2021
We, being me, my 10 year old and her bestie, went in the October School holidays. Was brilliant. Highlight of our holiday.

Fab welcome, felt safe, the Dean Castle exhibits was what we went for. Saw more than we expected to in that. So well done.... Was so impressed.

But there was so much more too. If you get the chance to visit, would highly recommend. We will be back.
Written 14 October 2021
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CarpeDiemTravelling
Glasgow, UK72 contributions
Museum with something for everyone
Jun 2020
Excellent museum in wunderkammer style with everything from dinosaurs to period art, furniture, everyday objects from bygone days and among other things a display of medieval armour with numerous full-body knight‘s suits, jousting spears, swords, shields. Among the best displays I‘ve seen, good lighting and space to view properly. This and the informative notes made it interesting even for me, someone who is not a military enthusiast. Family friendly. Young People’s Gallery has works chosen with teens in mind. Elsewhere liked the display of taxidermy animals and birds in a diorama grouping, with viewing windows placed at a good height for the wee visitors. Overall, museum is well organized, easy to navigate, and very well cared for, with staff who are friendly and love to talk about the collections. Plus, there is a resource library space and cafe that is bright and welcoming. Recommend!
Written 29 May 2021
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jinty20162017
Ayrshire, UK53 contributions
Local lace industry and many other famous Kilmarnock exhibits
Dec 2019
Really interesting museum. With local lacemaking machinery and products.. Kilmarnock historical exhibits. Domestic utensils and household tools from past generations.
Written 8 March 2020
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Lorne B
Ayrshire, UK138 contributions
Treasure Trove
Feb 2020 • Solo
Fabulous building which houses an array of historical artefacts, natural history, art, books and a cafe. A great way to spend a rainy day.

Free entry - there’s a donation box for you to contribute if you can.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Went to see main gallery exhibition - check the East Ayrshire Leisure site to see what’s on and when - on loan from the V&A. Was inspired by the work on display in the Young Peoples Gallery which was show casing work from east Ayrshire school pupils. If you head upstairs there’s loads more to see - Burns, Johnny Walker, the Loom Room and (at the moment) interesting pieces of armour from the Dean Castle collection.
Written 24 February 2020
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Hugo R
Kilmarnock, UK194 contributions
Kilmarnock in a nutshell
Feb 2020
For decades the Dick Institute has opened its original heavy “ in and out” doors to generations of Killie folks and people from further afield. The ground floor hosts the lending library, reference library, temporary exhibition gallery and event space. “ The Dick” , as its known locally, hosts regular cultural talks and workshops and at the time of writing , is hosting many of the original artefacts from the Dean castle in Kilmarnock. Some of the towns best known curios and artefacts are displayed upstairs in the galleries. The Dick has a special place in the hearts of thousands of Kilmarnock natives and is always spoke of in positive and nostalgic terms. Unfortunately the local road alliance network has limited free parking to only two hours during office hours. Regular traffic patrols are in operation. Not good if the council wish to encourage longer visits to this wonderful piece of Kilmarnock history
Written 11 February 2020
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mcmonScotland
Girvan, UK833 contributions
Very Interesting Museum as well as Library and Gallery with a Cafe
Aug 2019
I came in to visit the museum on a weekday afternoon. There was plenty of free parking nearby. The building is impressive and also houses a library, special exhibit/gallery space, and a cafe as well as the municipal museum. The museum collection is apparently vast and historically important but, the display area is quite small in comparison. It doesn’t take long to have a look around and you can also see into some of the storage areas too. Entry is free to the museum. There may be paid events in the gallery at times.
Written 1 February 2020
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george a
Kilmarnock, UK10 contributions
library visit
Jan 2020
local library, recently refurbed , also great place to visit for various museum, literary attractions
Written 9 January 2020
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skirkland2018
Bailieboro, Canada30 contributions
Great museum. Local library and coffee shop is here too.
Sep 2019
This museum is free as are all museums in Scotland. It is currently housing the historic items that are usually in Dean Castle. These are very interesting and beautifully displayed.
Written 3 October 2019
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Jim B
Mauchline, UK32 contributions
A readers paradise with lots on display
Apr 2019
The library at the Dick institute is one of my favourate places to go. They also hold exhibitions with various artifacts, display painting and photographic exhibitions, and they also have a very attrictive (and tasty) coffe and cake area
Written 13 September 2019
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Shirl
Glasgow, UK24 contributions
Great library and museum with a coffee shop
Apr 2019 • Friends
The staff at the Dick Institute are always friendly and helpful whether they are in the library or upstairs in the museum. They have had various displays and events. Some of the collection from Dean Castle is presently on display and for anyone with an interest in musical instruments is a must see.

The library houses a small coffee shop with friendly staff and reasonable prices. They don't do meals but the baking is great. They don't have many tables and seats, but we have had no problems getting a seat whenever we go.
Written 26 July 2019
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Dick Institute is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu - Thu 13:00 - 20:00
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 - 16:00


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