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Argyll & Bute Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Argyll & Bute...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Argyll & Bute Museums and Galleries

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Newton Strachur, Argyll, PA27 8DB

Working studio and gallery of two international artists Don McNeil D.A. and Jean Bell - our work expresses the emotional aspect of the ever changing weather and dramatic lighting that is the West side of Scotland. Please see the website for details of our exhibitions, diary and directions..
Tel: 01369 860379
E-mail: info@fyne-studios.com
Web: www.fyne-studios.com
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The Archway

7 Union Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll
Tel: Ian Meikle on 01546 606 894

Please contact the gallery for further information.

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Blairmore, Nr Dunoon, Argyll
Tel: Jean Thompson on 01369 840 253
E-mail: gallimaufry@talk21.com     Web: www.tcweb.co.uk

Art and craft gallery and Internet coffee shop on the shores of Loch Long on the scenic road immortalised by Harry Lauder - Over the Hills to Ardentinny.

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Richard Childs Gallery

John Street, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4NS
Tel: 01631 570 470      E-mail: email@richardchildsphotography.co.uk
Web: www.richardchildsphotography.co.uk

Richard Childs Gallery and Cafe in Oban has rapidly gained a reputation for the stunning fine art landscape photography on display. To compliment this there is a selection of original artwork by local and nationally known artists and a fine selection of prints and gifts. The cafe serves a selection of light lunches, teas, coffees and cakes and you can relax with a newspaper or book from our library.

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Juno Design Gallery

159 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7DD
Tel: Jo or Maria MacKellar on 01369 707767
E-mail: jo@junogallery.com     Web: www.junogallery.com

Monthly solo artist shows are teamed with an interesting and exciting mix of applied arts, such as Jewellery, Textiles, Ceramics, Prints and Handmade Cards.

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The Pumphouse Gallery

Back Street, Ellenabeich, Easdale, Oban, Argyll PA34 4RQ
Tel: Helen Simcox on 01852 300222     E-mail: has@innishmore.fsnet.co.uk
Web: www.absolutearts.com

My gallery is in my home and people are welcome to visit and see the artists paintings hanging in a home environment. I paint mainly Scottish landscape in watercolour and acrylics ... traditional and bright, zingy abstracts. Please telephone prior to arrival to make sure artist is at home.

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Stable Gallery

Church Square, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8TY
Tel: David Stewart or Hugh Johnston on 01499 302 800
E-mail: stablegallery@aol.com

Paintings, Reproductions, Greeting Cards, Exclusive Post cards in a unique environment.

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Tighnabruaich Gallery

Tighnabruaich, Bute
Tel: I & S Dobbie on 01700 811 681

Situated in the picturesque Kyles of Bute, displaying original paintings, prints, cards, Scottish made crafts and art material. Specialising in paintings of west coast of Scotland. Monthly exhibitions, May – October. Good selection of places to eat and stay locally.

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Royal Hotel

Tighnabruaich, Bute, PA21 2BE
Tel: Roger and Bea McKie on 01700 811 239
E-mail: info@royalhotel.org.uk

The Royal Hotel gallery displays a wide range of landscape and flower paintings by Argyllshire artists Don McNeil and Jean Bell.

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An Iodhlann

Scarinish, Isle of Tiree, Argyll, PA77 6UH
Tel: 01879 220793    Fax: 01879 220752
E-mail: aniodhlann@tireearchive.fsnet.co.uk     Web: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

An Iodhlann is a collection about the island of Tiree. It holds 5,000 items - letters, photographs, family trees, books maps and oral history tapes - about the island's history, archaeology and natural history.

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Auchindrain Museum

Auchindrain, Inveraray, PA32 8XN
Tel: 01499 500235     Web: www.auchindrainmuseum.org.uk

Auchindrain is an open air museum consisting of the restored old township of that name along with related domestic and working life collections. The township is presented as around the turn of the last century and offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of the life of the west highlanders at the time.

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Bute Museum

Stuart Street, Rothesay, PA20 9JT
Tel: 01700 502248     E-mail: tdclegg@cs.com

Experience the archaeology, history and natural history of the Island in the Bute Museum. There is an extensive display of birds and island wildlife, and a wild flower display throughout the summer. Exhibits from early stone tools to Clyde steamers come from every period of Bute's history. There are also paintings and an extensive collection of photographs of old Rothesay.

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Campbeltown Museum

High Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BJ
Tel: 01586 552366 / 552367    Fax: 01586 552938
E-mail: marij.vanhelmond@argyll-bute.gov.uk     Web: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk

The  library and museum was originally establish in 1896 by the Kintyre Scientific Association, which is still active today as the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society.

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Dunoon and Cowal Heritage Centre

Castle House, Castle Gardens, Dunoon, PA23 7HH
Tel: 01369 701422     E-mail: info@castlehousemuseum.org.uk
Web: www.castlehousemuseum.org.uk

Castle House Museum, a B-listed building, displays the story of Cowal through geology, archaeology, Celts and clans. There are special displays of Clyde steamers and the Clyde in two World Wars. Four rooms, parlour, kitchen, study and nursery show life in Victorian times. Video area. Full disabled access.

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Easdale Island Folk Museum

Easdale Island, by Oban, PA34 4TB
Tel: 01852 300370    Fax: 01852 300370
E-mail: webmaster@slate.org.uk     Web: www.slate.org.uk

Located on the Island of Easdale, Argyll, the centre of the former Scottish slate industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum is set amid cottages belonging to the quarries and houses a collection of records, photographs and artefacts relating to the industrial and social history and islanders who lived there.

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Inveraray Jail

Tel: 01499 302381    Fax: 01499 302195
E-mail: inverarayjail@btclick.com

Scotland's Living 19th Century Prison. Torture, Death and Damnation Exhibition. Sit and listen to trials in the 1820 Courtroom. Talk to guides dressed as Warders, Prisoners and Matron. Visit the two prisons and experience the sounds and smells as they would have been. Stroll in the Airing Yards. Try the Crank Machine, Whipping Table, Hammocks and see "In Prison Today".

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Inveraray Maritime Museum

The Pier, Inveraray
Tel: 01499 302213     E-mail: thepier@inveraray.tv
Web: www.skwebpages.com

Voyage back in time aboard the Arctic Penguin - a 1911 three masted Schooner. Take a trip on the Loch on Scotland's last working Clyde Puffer. Explore the nooks and crannies of this fascinating old ship. Breathtaking 15 minutes film and interactive displays for children.

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Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ
Tel: 01546 510 278     E-mail: museum@kilmartin.org
Web: www.kilmartin.org

With more than 350 ancient monuments in a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll, 150 are prehistoric. Situated in one of Scotland’s richest landscapes, Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation.

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