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Burns Book club and cupcake cafe


Last Tuesday of the month

2.30 - 3.30pm

Come along to our book club meeting at Burns Cottage.

Read a wide variety of books, most of which will be supplied free.

Coffee and cake only £2 for members

Burns cottage

Guided Tours


 Weekends, throughout the year

Museum tours: hourly, 10.30 am – 3.30pm

Cottage tours: hourly, 11am – 4pm

Join our expert guides on a 30-minute tour of the highlights of the museum or cottage (enquire at admissions desk for more information).

Free (with admission)

Museum Guides and Highlight talks


Highlight talks

3pm, every Wednesday throughout the year. Free with admission

29 October INS AND OUTS OF TAM O' SHANTER Hugh Farrell explores the characters and locations of Tam o'Shanter. Anticipate a full rendition by heart.

5 November BEER IN THE TIME OF ROBERT BURNS Denis Rattenbury describes the place of beer in the nutrition, lifestyle and social life in the late eighteenth century.

12 November THE RIVER NITH Jean Edmondston presents stunning photographs of the beautiful River Nith where Burns lived and farmed with his new wife, Jean Armour.

19 November ON THE DELIBERATIONS OF MR ROBERT BURNS ON THE LATE REFERENDUM Melvyn Gibson's lighthearted take on Robert Burns and Scottish independence in the persona of an imaginary contemporary.

26 November THE LITERARY LANDSCAPE IN RUSSIAN ART Curator Sean McGlashan conducts a tour of the current exhibition from Russia of paintings inspired by the country estate where literary giant Alexander Pushkin grew up.




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Auld Lang Syne


Sing or play the world’s favourite song and become part of Robert Burns Museum..

No matter how good or bad a performer you are - Burns himself had a notoriously terrible singing voice - you can add to this growing exhibit by posting your video to our facebook page.

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Fact of the day


James Boswell’s son, Alexander, convened the committee to build Alloway’s Burns Monument but never saw it open as he was killed in a duel before it could be completed