Campbeltown museum

Following the AGM of the Friends of Campbeltown Museum, to be held on Thursday 26 April at 7 p.m., in the Burnet Building, its Chairman Angus Martin will give a talk on the Kintyre Scientific Association and its leading founder-members.


The Association was formed in 1890 with the objects of promoting science and establishing a museum.  The museum was set up in Kirk Street in 1891 and immediately generated widespread public interest.  Donations poured in, ranging from significant archaeological and historical artefacts to the downright bizarre, including a bundle of poisoned arrows from New Guinea, a copper kettle which reputedly belonged to Robert Burns and a turkey chick with four legs and three wings. 


The Kintyre Scientific Association was instrumental in enlisting the financial support of James Macalister Hall, whose money built the Library and Museum.  When the new museum was opened in 1899, its contents came from the small museum in Kirk Street, founded on the initiative of the Association.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments and snacks will served after the talk.

Campbeltown Museum logoCampbeltown Museum tells the story of Kintyre through its collection of archaeology, fine art natural sciences and social history. Highlights include a Bronze Age jet necklace, a seascape by William McTaggart, a reflector from the Mull of Kintyre lighthouse and a swooping gannet.

Campbeltown Museum cares for many artworks, these can be viewed via Art UK

There is currently a mini display to commemorate the Argyll Colliery. Find out more on The Road to Drumleman Project on their website


Campbeltown Museum is a member of Explore Campbeltown



Check out this fantastic video by Dig It! 



Opening Times

Normal opening hours:

Monday – Friday, 9.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4

Access to the museum may be restricted during marriage ceremonies.  Again it is advised that you call ahead to confirm arrangements.

The museum is free to all visitors but donations are most welcome.



James MacAlister Hall, was born in Campbeltown, but like many of its residents travelled far and wide to make his fortune.  After a successful career in India, he returned to the town of his birth, founding Campbeltown Museum and Library in 1898.  He was rewarded with the Freedom of the Burgh, a distinction only bestowed twice before – to the Duke of Argyll in 1840 and the Marquess of Lorne in 1868.  He employed one of the most celebrated architects of the time, John James Burnet, to design the new Museum, Library and Ladies Reading Room.  Burnet’s Building is a masterpiece of Victorian Renaissance architecture and retains all of its original internal timber panelling, chimneypieces, decorative plasterwork and cupolas.

Also within the Building are Campbeltown’s Marriage Room and Argyll and Bute Council’s Service Point. 

Linda McCartney Memorial Garden

Burnet’s original design included a loggia opening to a sheltered inner garden.  This garden has since been redesigned and dedicated to the memory of Linda McCartney, a statue of whom forms the centrepiece.  The garden is open between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Mon to Fri) and 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Sat and Sun.) 

Events and Education

More coming soon

The Friends of Campbeltown Museum

The Friends of the Museum provide invaluable support to the Museum via their fundraising activities and support of events. The Friends are always looking for new members, if you would like to get involved please contact a curator who will put you in touch with the Friends.

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