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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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Burns's Coat of Arms

 This is Burns’s coat of arms which he designed himself and had made in to a seal. The images used in the design reference Ayrshire and farming.  

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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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