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Experience the Burns collection

THE ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum holds the world’s most important collection of artefacts relating to Scotland’s best known bard. Our collections include over 5,500 manuscripts, books, personal artefacts & artworks relating to Robert Burns and his legacy. To begin, choose one of the options below:

OBJECT OF THE WEEK

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Highland Journal

Robert Burns took several tours throughout Scotland in 1787. He travelled south to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Carlisle, west to Argyll and Loch Lomond, and north to Inverness and Aberdeen. During his tour of the highlands, Robert kept this journal detailing the places and people he encountered along the way.  

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Search items with the object explorer

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Do you want to know more about a specific subject, year, or person? Use the collections search to find the objects related to your interests. The dynamic Object Explorer will also help you find additional objects.

Explore the mind of Robert Burns

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Step inside the mind of Robert Burns and find out more about the ideas that influenced his life and work! Explore different areas of the Bard’s brain to explore how these objects inspired his creativity.

Take a step through Burns history

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Take a journey through the life of Robert Burns with the interactive Timeline. Learn more about the man by discovering our objects and the personal and dramatic stories they tell.

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This project has been supported by:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Recognised
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