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The Scottish Borders Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in The Scottish Borders...

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.

The Scottish Borders Museums and Galleries

blank tabDUNS EXHIBITION ROOMMuseums & Galleries
Library Building, 49 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Opening times: All year except Sundays and public holidays.

Monday 10.00am-5.00pm.

Tuesday 1.00pm-7.00pm.

Wednesday 10.00am-1.00pm.

Thursday 10.00am-5.00pm.

Friday 10.00am-5.00pm.

Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.

Admission Free. Duns Exhibition Room is located in Duns library and provides a flexible space for occasional local history and art exhibitions.
Tel: 01361 884114
E-mail: atulloch@scotborders.gov.uk
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blank tabTHE JIM CLARK ROOMMuseums & Galleries
44 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3DU
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Open: End of March - 30 September Mon to Sat from 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm Sun from 2pm - 4pm October Only Mon to Sat 1pm-4pm Admission Free.

Founded in 1969, the Room was re-opened in 1993 by Jackie Stewart, after refurbishment to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jim Clark's death. The Room looks at the career of the twice World Motor Racing Champion, highlighting its most spectacular moments.

Displays include trophies, photographs and memorabilia. There is a small retail area within the Room.
Tel: 01361 883960    Fax: 01361 883961
E-mail: atulloch@scotborders.gov.uk
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blank tabCOLDSTREAM MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
12 Market Street, Coldstream, TD12 4BD
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Open: End March - 30 September Mon to Sat 10am 4pm. Sun 2pm-4pm. October Mon to Sat 1pm-4pm. Closed Sunday. Admission Free.

This museum built in the courtyard of the old museum was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1994.

Displays explore the history of Coldstream and its people with a special section devoted to the Coldstream Guards, the regiment named after its stay in the town in 1659.

The Museum gallery shows a programme of temporary exhibitions from Easter to October. There is a small area for retail items within the museum. The courtyard has a fountain and picnic area.
Tel: 01890 882630    Fax: 01890 882631
E-mail: atulloch@Scotborders.gov.uk
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blank tabJEDBURGH CASTLE JAIL AND MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Castlegate, Jedburgh, TD8 6QD
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Open: End March to October 31st. Mon to Sat from 10.00am-4.30pm Sunday 1.00pm-4.00pm. Admission Free. Last admission 30 mins before closing.

Tour groups welcome. One of the last remaining examples of a Howard Reform Prison dating from 1824. One of the last remaining examples of a Howard Reform Prison dating from 1824. Following an extensive refurbishment programme, two prison cell blocks provide new interpretation on crime and punishment. Individual cells recreate the daily life of the prison, its staff and inmates using costumed figures, replica prison furniture, original archives and prison issue objects.

The Gaoler's House now features local history exhibitions. As seen on the television programme "Most Haunted".
Tel: 01835 864750    Fax: 01835864750See our website

Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, TD9 7JL
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Open: April to Sept Mon to Fri from 10am-12noon & 1.00pm-5.00pm. Sat & Sun from 2pm-5pm. October to March Mon-Fri 12.00noon-3.00pm (closed Sat). Sun from 1.00pm-3.00pm. Admission Free. Wheelchair access to the ground floor and the Scott Museum. This local history museum offers visitors the chance to discover the rich history of Hawick and environs. Displays feature topics such as the internationally renowned local knitwear and hosiery industry, natural sciences, military history and a varying programme of temporary exhibitions. The Scott Gallery hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary art including works from the permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century Scottish paintings and sculpture. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick's two motorcycle racing champions. Opening in 2015 - WW1 & Gallipoli exhibition opens late June. New environmental education gallery celebrating flora and fauna you can discover in Wilton Lodge Park opens late March.
Tel: 01450 373457    Fax: 01450 378506See our website

Municipal Buildings, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4JX
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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For a free booklet giving details of exhibitions and events in Scottish Borders Council Museums contact the address above.
Tel: 01750 720096    Fax: 01750 23282
E-mail: museums@scotborders.gov.uk
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blank tabST RONAN'S WELLS VISITOR CENTREMuseums & Galleries
Well's Brae, Innerleithen, EH44 6JE
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Open: 1st April to 31st October Mon-Fri 10.00-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 Sat and Sun 2.00-5.00 Pre-Christmas weekend Opening: Mid Nov to Mid Dec. Admission Free.

The rich history of St. Ronan's Wells is now interpreted on site through documents, photographs and objects associated with Sir Walter Scott, the Cleikum Ceremony and the St. Ronan's Border Games. Attractive gardens with picnic area.

Refreshments, books and souvenirs available.
Tel: 01896 833583See our website

Scott Crescent, Galalshiels
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Opening Times: Late March, April, May, September Tues-Sat 10.00-4.00 June, July, August Mon-Sat 10.00-4.00 Sun 1.00-4.00 October Tues-Fri 1.00-4.00 Sat 10.00-4.00. Admission Free. Dating from 1583 and set in its own grounds, the former home of the Lairds of Gala was recently opened as an interactive centre. Displays tell the story of the House, its inhabitants and the early growth of Galashiels. Particularly memorable are the painted ceiling (1635), painted wall (1988) and Thomas Clapperton Room. The Christopher Boyd Gallery hosts a wide variety of exhibitions and workshops. Attractive gardens with picnic area, cafe with free WI-FI, refreshments, books and souvenirs.
Tel: 01896 75621 or 01750 20096See our website

Halliwell's Close, Selkirk, TD7 4BL
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Late March-October Mon-Sat 11.00-4.00. Sun 12.00-3.00. Admission Free. This award-winning museum recreates the buildings former use as a home and ironmonger's shop. The story of the historic Royal Burgh of Selkirk is told in the upstairs galleries. A video of Selkirk Common Riding enhances the colourful displays. The Robson Gallery hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions. Ground floor area has a small retail area and a Tourist Information Point provided in partnership with VisitScotland. This venue is a partner in the Flodden Eco-museum initiative and includes collections relating to the Battle of Flodden 1513.
Tel: 01750 20096See our website

blank tabSIR WALTER SCOTT'S COURTROOMMuseums & Galleries
Market Place, Selkirk, TD7 4BT
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Opening Times: Late March to September Mon to Fri 10.00-4.00 Sat 11.00-3.00. May to August also open Sun 11.00-3.00. October Only: Mon to Sat 11.00-3.00.

Admission Free. Tour Groups Welcome.

Built in 1803 as the Town House and Sheriff Court this is where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice to the people of the County of Selkirk for almost thirty years.

Visitors to these newly renovated displays can discover Scott's legacy as Sheriff, his feelings for the Scottish Borderland and its people and learn about his contemporaries including James Hogg.

The former Robing Room highlights the development of the building and the civic history of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk.
Tel: 01750 20761 or 01750 20096See our website

blank tabTWEEDDALE MUSEUM AND GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AG
Senior Museums Curator: Mrs. Fiona M. Colton

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Opening Times: March-Dec Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.00pm-4.00pm. Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm. Also open additional evening hours - contact 01721 720123 for details. Closed Beltane Saturday in June. Admission Free.

The complex of buildings known as the Chambers Institution was given to the townspeople of Peebles in 1859 for their 'social moral and intellectual improvement' by William Chambers, the publisher, who was born in Peebles in 1800.

Tweeddale Museum, which is housed in the main building, aims to keep up this tradition of learning while presenting a series of lively displays based on the history of the district and the rich, somewhat exotic collection established by William Chambers. The Chambers Room houses historically important friezes and items from the permanent collections. The Picture Gallery dates from Victorian period and today the space is used for a wide variety of temporary exhibitions and activities.
Tel: 01721 724820See our website

blank tabEYEMOUTH MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Auld Kirk, Eyemouth, TD14 5HE

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An Accredited independent museum.

Opening times: April-October Mon-Sat 10:00-4.00 Sunday 12:00-4:00.

Discover the history of Eyemouth and surrounding area and see how it's people have lived through the ages by land and sea. The museum houses a unique tapestry worked to commemorate the centenary of the tragic disaster of 1881 when the community suffered the loss of 189 local fishermen at sea. The first floor gallery hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the season.

Please note there is no wheelchair access to the upstairs exhibition gallery. Admission charge for entry, concessions available.
Tel: 01890 750678

Bowhill House & Country Park

3 miles west of Selkirk
Tel: 01750 22204

World-renowned art collection. French furniture. Porcelain. Silver.

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Broughton Gallery

Broughton, Tweeddale ( A701 north of Broughton village)

Gallery selling paintings and crafts by living artists in "tower house" designed in 1936 by Sir Basil Spence. Picture framing. Garden NOT open to the public

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R. Clapperton

The Studio, 28 Scotts Place, Selkirk
Tel: 01750 20523     E-mail: clappertontrust@aol.com

Original daylight photographic studio and museum dating from 1867 showing archives, Prints/publications available.

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The Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork

Innerleithen Road, Peebles, EH45 8BA
: 01721 720212

Museum showing large collection of plaster patterns and methods of casting.

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Kittiwake Gallery

St. Abbs, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5QF    
: 018907 71588 / 018907 71504

Local landscapes and wildlife paintings. Limited edition prints and greetings cards, and
custom framing. Art, wildlife courses & demonstrations.

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Liddesdale Heritage Centre

South Hermitage Street, Newcastleton
Tel: 013873 75259

Heritage centre and museum. Large collection of historical artefacts, and family research area, Heritage Walks leaflets on sale.

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Mainhill Gallery

Ancrum, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6XA    
: 01835 830545    E-mail: mainhillgallery@aol.com

Paintings, watercolours, bronze, ceramics, etchings. 1850 present day. Open: Prior phone call advisable.

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Robert Smail's Printing Works

High Street, Innerleithen, EH4 4 6HA     Tel: 01896 830206
E-mail: snails@nts.org.uk

Step back in time to see how printing was done 100 years ago. NTS shop.

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Smailholm Tower

Minor road off the B6397 nr Smailholm village or off B6404, 6-miles northwest of Kelso, Borders    
: 01573 460 365

Historic Scotland. A small rectangular 16th century tower house on a rocky outcrop with a view over the countryside. Inside is a model of the former residence depicting tower house life, a collection of costume figures and tapestries.

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Thirelstane Castle

Lauder (off A68)
Tel:  0157 8722430

One of Scotland's finest historic homes. Thirlestane Castle displays its famous ceilings,
early toys and country life exhibitions. Tearoom/gift shop.

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Trimontium - Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre

Ormiston Institute, Melrose
E-mail: secretary_trimontium@yahoo.com

An Accredited independent museum. Telling the story of a Roman Frontier Post and its people. Discover what life and military occupation was like under the Romans. Display of fine coins, gemstones, archaeological material and the famous Roman parade helmet. Audio guide and small retail area. Walks and talks programmes. Open End March to End October.

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Tom Davidson Gallery

High Street, Earlston, TD4 6BU
Tel: 01896 848898    E-mail: info@tomdavidson.co.uk

Paintings, linocuts and etchings as well as other fine art. The artist can be viewed at his work. Open all year Telephone for details.

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Waterloo Monument

3 miles(5km) north of Jedburgh by the A68, then B6400

A prominently sited monument that commemorates Wellington's victory of 1815. Views over the countryside. 2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo- watch out for local events.

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