Emma Harper Msp Enjoys Jurassic Tour At Stewartry Museum

We’re well into the school holidays and Emma Harper MSP has been around the South West promoting some of South Scotland’s best visitor attractions for families.


While attending the opening of Kirkcudbright Art Gallery last Thursday afternoon, the MSP visited the town’s Stewartry Museum on St Mary Street, founded in 1879 and exhibiting a wealth of objects relating to the area.


The Stewarty Museum is currently running a dinosaur theme to their exhibit, which has proved extremely popular with children visiting the museum in recent months.


Emma Harper MSP for South Scotland said:


“This is a fantastic museum to visit while on a family day out to the beautiful toon of Kirkcudbright where you can look at the fascinating animal exhibits including their section on dinosaurs – and it’s free!
“I met a dad and his two weans at the museum who were visiting the area and all three were really enjoying the exhibitions and what the museum had to offer – especially the dinosaurs! Both Robbie and Tommy made sure I knew which dinosaur was a Stegosaurus and which was a T-Rex.
“Dumfries & Galloway is a great place to live and visit and if you’re in the area I would highly recommend a visit to Kirkcudbright and to the Stewartry Museum.”


Ann Ramsbottom, Museum Curator for the West of Dumfries and Galloway, said:


Kirkcudbright museum is known as ‘a museum within a museum’.  It is a piece of history within itself containing artefacts, images and information from right across the Stewartry.
“Every year, as well as the displays within the museum, we have a topic-based information for children.  This has been very well received as it allows the whole family to come and enjoy what is on offer in the museum.  In the past, topics have included pirates and toys.  This year, our topic is dinosaurs.  It is very interactive with hands on activities, dress up and arts and crafts.  Lots of families have come along, taken part and really enjoyed the dinosaurs.  Inspiring the next generation of artists and art lovers is a key objective of our Museums and Arts service, so providing an exhibition that generates enjoyment can be a major contributor to this.
“Since Kirkcudbright Galleries opened only a few weeks ago, visitor numbers at the new Galleries have nearly been as impressive as the exhibitions themselves.  Consequently, the number of people who are visiting the museum has also increased, really creating visitor attractions that that will benefit cultural tourism in the region as well as the positive impact on the local economy and will encourage people to continue to come and visit for years to come.”

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