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.