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West Kilbride Museum depicts life in the Parish over the past 400 years, portraying the history, development and traditions of West Kilbride.

West Kilbride Museum is a small museum which has an enviable collection of relics from all sections of the town and surrounding area. Those relating to farming and weaving are on permanent display as is a selection of old toys and dolls. Examples of beautiful embroidery, for which Ayrshire was justly famous, are also display.

There are Victorian sitting room and kitchen settings in addition to frequent changes of tableaux on topical themes.

Other specialities are a huge range of photographs some of which have been collated into a DVD of Old West Kilbride.

The local Book of Rememberance is always available and is backed by medals and memorabelia of the two World Wars.

A nature section and a commonwealth section add to a wide ranging and interesting local museum which is an accredited member of the Museums, Galleries, Scotland.

West Kilbride Museum is a Scottish charity, number SCO22637, and is managed and staffed by volunteers from West Kilbride.

Background

West Kilbride museum was founded in 1988

In 1988 a group of dedicated people opened the West Kilbride Museum, giving the town an ongoing attraction that would benefit future generaitons. The aim was to depict life in the Parish over the past 400 years, portraying the history, development and traditions of West Kilbride.

The public response to the idea was wonderful and donations of varying artefacts were received with enthusiasm, resulting in the Museum being officially opened by Mrs Clarkston, on the 23rd of May 1988, in the top rooms of the Public Hall in Arthur Street.

Over the intervening years the public has continued its support and today the West Kilbride Museum has an enviable collection of relics from all sections of the town and the surrounding area. Most have been gifted, some are on loan, enabling the displays to be continually changed.

The work of the West Kilbride Museum does not stop at collecting items, but encompasses education, organising exhibitions, as well as collating and arranging the ever-changing displays. There are a hosts of jobs to be done.

Entrance to the museum is free but being of independent means no help is available with running costs. Income is by way of donations received from visitors and by running fund-raising events. Could you help here?

New exhibits are always being sough. Perhaps you may have some item tucked away whcih could portray past life in West Kilbride. If so, why not loan it to the Museum or better still, donate it for all to see and preserve it for the future?

Whilst the contents of the Museum have increased in quality and quantity over the years, the Museum needs volunteers to maintain it and carry it forward.

Members are needed to share the work of the day-to-day running. This help does not need to be on a regular basis as event he odd few hour here and there would be gratefully accepted.

If you are interested in days gone by and feel you may be able to assist ins ome way plase conact the Museum. You will find a warm welcome.

Volunteer Staff

West Kilbride Museum is managed and staffed by volunteers from West Kilbride.

West Kilbride Museum

1st Floor
West Kilbride Village Hall
1 Arthur Street
West Kilbride
North Ayrshire
KA23 9EN
United Kingdom

Directions

Please note access is only by stairs.

Opening Times

Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
10:30am – 12:30pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Admission Free
Donations Welcome!