Moffat Museum


Harthope House, Churchgate, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, DG10 9EG

    Moffat Museum giives visitors a flavour of the town's history, from prehistory to the modern era. As well as unique objects, we have hands-on activities and changing temporary exhibitions. Entry is free and all are welcome.

    The newly-refurbished and expanded Moffat Museum has something for everyone. Entry is free and volunteers are on hand to show you around if you wish.

    Youngsters will enjoy the experience of sitting at the old school desk or the interactive quiz of the ‘sword in the box’. Whether dressing up as a Roman centurion or examining stones in the geological collection and sharpening Stone-Age flints, there are plenty of hands-on activities to choose from. You can even give the Ram some ears.

    Try to imagine how to solve the mysteries of objects found in or near Moffat, ranging from the 6000 year old Rotten Bottom Longbow to the Iron Age ‘Stidriggs Hoard’ and the unique Roman brooch known as the ‘Ericstane Fibula’.

    Find out how Moffat grew from the violence of the Killing Times to is emergence as a prosperous spa town with a huge Hydropathic hotel and the oldest tennis tournament next to Wimbledon.

    All ages will enjoy the authentic working model of the Moffat Railway, the Victorian Dolls’ House and the Old Bakehouse. Upstairs you can browse among all aspects of life in Moffat, including Famous People, Farming, the Moffat Clan and the Churches. Oral history is also available on request.

    For those who only have a short time to spare, a 7 minute video covers teh hsitory of Moffat and the surrounding area.

    Handling kits and loan boxes are available by arrangement and groups can also arrange to come for exclusive visits outwith opening hours.


    Opening Times
    Opening Times 2016
    3 Apr 2016 - 29 Sep 2016

    Open Easter week. Then re-opening from June to end September. Closed Wednesdays. Open Sunday p.m. 1.15-4.15 Hours 10.15 - 4.15

    Road Directions

    Approaching Moffat from the M74, the Museum is on the right hand side as you come into the town - just along from the Black Bull hotel and opposite St Andrew's Kirk.

    On road parking is available outside the Museum and the town is well supplied with free parking.

    Public Transport Directions

    There are regular bus services from Dumfries, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Moffat. The Museum is about a 5 minute walk from the bus stop.  Walk towards the M74 (the way the bus comes into Moffat) - the Museum is on your left, oppostite St Andrew's Kirk.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Contrast markings on all glass doors and all full-height windows
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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