Bring Out Your Inner Attenborough At Stranraer Museum

Stranraer Museums ‘Museum Zoo’ exhibition is now open, so go wild and make your own adventure.  Through hands-on science activities, natural history displays and a lot of fun the Museum invites you to engage your family’s curiosity in science and nature. This interactive display offers a menagerie of exhibits from mountain hares to giant tortoises; deer to red kite.

Adults and children alike have been having fun with the activities including measuring up to a huge brown bear and taking a look through a microscope at a fruit fly.  Searching for the mice that have ‘escaped’ from the zoo has been particularly challenging but the real brain boxes have been taking on the Zoo quiz.  Do you know which Scottish bird has the fluffiest feet?

Every Thursday throughout the summer holidays, starting on the 7th July, the Museum is also hosting extra activity days in where you can join in with even more fun.  If you like your animals more wriggly then the Museum recommends you book in for 14 July and 11 August for the special visits from Zoolab for a live animal encounter.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said:

“In Dumfries and Galloway we are very proud of our history, and our local museums celebrate that is so many different ways.  Through exhibitions such as Museum Zoo and events at the Castle of St John we are encouraging a younger audience to feel connected to their history and their community’s historic collections as well as engaging visitors in story of our beautiful region.”

All events and exhibition are free so make sure you visit your local museum this summer!

The Museum Zoo exhibition is open from 11 June to 3 September;


Monday to Friday 10.00 to 17.00

Saturday 10.00 to 13.00

Sunday 13.30 to 16.30


The Museum’s other activities this summer

Stranraer Museum Ross Gallery is showing a range of changing exhibitions by local artists with local photography enthusiasts Douglas Brawls exhibiting from 9 to 30 July and Mark Shannon from 6 to 27 August.

The Castle of St John is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 16.30 and will take you back in time with special living history days on 30 July and 20 August.

Plus there will be free Castle story-telling sessions every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays between 14.00 and 15.00.

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