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The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume

The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume


The Museum is located in a group of Listed mills, granaries, kilns and agricultural buildings which date from fifteen hundred and seventy, but can be traced back to Kilwinning Abbey in the early thirteenth century. The collection falls into three identifiable themes, the first is the Victorian Grain Mill and it's machinery, water wheel, lades, sluices and weir. 

The second, displayed in the original granaries, contains exhibitions of tools and agricultural machinery, craft tools, dairy artefacts, and extensive room settings showing, life, furnishings and memorabilia from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

The third is a comprehensive collection of costume, worn and donated by local families and dating from seventeen seventy to the present. It contains an outstanding group of men's, women's and children's clothes from all sections of local society. As you would expect there is also a large collection of Ayrshire whitework and other textiles including Mandarin Chinese silks. 

The Museum is a Registered Scottish Charity  SC 022937.

Opening Hours:
April to October Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs, Sunday 11.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs October to April as above, but closes at 16.00 hrs on weekdays. Closed over Christmas and New Year holidays and on Mondays all year. Excepting major Bank Holidays as advertised.
Adult £3.75 Child £2.50 Family 2+2 children under16. £ 10.00 Groups, ten or more, £3.50 p.p. Annual Ticket £ 25.00 Schools £2.00 per pupil, teachers and carers free.
The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume Dalgarven Mill Dalgarven by Kilwinning North Ayrshire KA13 6PL
01294 552448

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