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Burns House Museum

Burns House Mauchline2011 

The Burns House Museum houses interactive and traditional exhibits and represents a truly authentic Burns experience.

The museum is situated in the cobbled back streets of Mauchline where Robert Burns lived and worked between 1784 and 1788, years considered to be the most important and formative of his life. It was also in Mauchline where he met and married his great love Jean Armour.

Robert Burns, born in Alloway and spending the majority of his short life in Ayrshire is one of Scotland’s most prolific historic figures, with his work still influencing life today.

Visit our rare collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of Burns and his contemporaries and find out more about life in Mauchline in the 18th Century, by examining the artifacts and illustrations of the poet's friends and patrons.


Listen to Burns's poems in our listening snug or have a go at recording your own poems or reading poems by Burns! Find out more about the many vivid characters around the town that Burns knew, like Holy Willie, who featured in Burns's poetry and who are now buried in the graveyard opposite the museum.

Across the road in Nanse Tinnock’s (an alehouse in Burns’s day) visitors can discover more about two Mauchline Industries - curling stones and Mauchline Boxware.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Closed on public holidays 


Contact Information

Cultural and Countryside Services (East Ayrshire Leisure Trust)
The Palace Theatre
9 Green Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554902
Page last updated on10 June 2013
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