Camera Obscura

History & Heritage
The world’s oldest working Camera Obscura is on the top floor of the windmill tower at Dumfries Museum.
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About Camera Obscura

The world’s oldest working Camera Obscura is on the top floor of the windmill tower at Dumfries Museum. Originally an astronomical instrument, it was installed in 1836 when the windmill was converted into an observatory. From it you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. A unique experience.

Accessibility: There are two disabled car park spaces close to the covered front entrance of the museum. There is level access to the ground floor main hall displays and a lift to the first floor gallery and balcony exhibits. The windmill tower and Camera Obscura are accessed via a spiral staircase which winds around a pine mast. Toilets, including a disabled access toilet, are on the ground floor of the museum.

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