Bute Museum

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7 Stuart Street (by Rothesay Castle) Rothesay
Isle of Bute
PA20 0BX

  • Phone: 01700 505067

In this busy museum, situated behind the Castle, you can experience the archaeology, history, natural history and geology of the Isle of Bute. It offers an extensive display of birds and mammals etc found on the island, and a wild flower display throughout the summer. Exhibits cover every period of Bute's history from early stone tools to Clyde steamers, plus a collection of paintings and photographs of Rothesay. Young visitors will enjoy the touch table, small aquarium, toddlers' case and the free museum quiz. A gift shop stocks interesting souvenirs, gifts and books.

Further information

Opening Hours:

April-September open 7 days Mon-Sat 10.30-16.30; Sun 14.30-16.30. October-March open 5 days Tues-Sat 14.30-16.30.


Adults: £2 Concessions: £1.50 Children: £1

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • General guide to collections available
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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