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“Hard to be engaged in this cluttered space”

The Stewartry Museum
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Owner description: The Stewartry Museum was founded in 1879, and first occupied part of the Kirkcudbright Town Hall. As the collection grew, the present purpose-built museum was planned and opened in 1893. The Museum has an old-world charm and exhibits a wealth of objects relating to the area known as The Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire.
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
298 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Hard to be engaged in this cluttered space”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

My father's father's family originally came from Kirkcudbright and I know a little bit about the work they did before immigrating. I came to this museum hoping to get a better sense of the history of the place, the working conditions and why people would leave this pretty little town. Unfortunately, the museum is something of a mishmash of donated objects with little stories here and there but not much focus or historical thread. I did enjoy several minutes looking over the genealogy corner but didn't have the time to really delve deeply into what might have been hidden there. I did buy a book of Kirkcudbright history there and appreciated the clean washroom as well as the free entrance. I also thought the wicker Viking half ship on the outside wall was interesting but wasn't sure how it fit into the world of Kirkcudbright.

Visited July 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“free museum”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Great little museum and free. Staff were friendly and helpful. Museum of local interest suitable for all ages.

Visited July 2014
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Edinburgh
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Pleasant and informative museum right in the town centre”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

The museum has a mix of items relating to the town and the area. I especially liked the weapons and tools and video of the local area and my wife enjoyed the rocks and fossils. Pop in for a quick look round when you arrive in Kirkcudbright and then go back later to see the items you prefer.

Visited June 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Fabulous Little Museum”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Situated in the heart of Kirkcudbright, though small, the museum is packed full of varied and interesting things to see. Definitely well worth a visit and would interest both children and adults alike.

Visited May 2014
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Glasgow
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Dropped in on a cold afternoon”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This is a free museum. Its not a huge museum but they've packed a whole load in. They were fine with us bringing in our pram - little one was asleep - we managed to get round no problem.

Visited May 2014
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