City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Video: A Tour of the New Burns Museum

By edg - Posted on 22 January 2011

If you can't make it Alloway in Ayrshire to see the new Burns Museum (entrance is free today) you can at least get a sense of the "man o' parts" in this tour of the museum by Director, Nat Edwards.

The visitor attraction is devoted exclusively to Robert Burns housing some 5,000 historic artefacts, manuscripts and pieces of memorabilia.

The Burns Museum brings together several Alloway sites with a connection to Burns - the new museum, the Burns Monument, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns Cottage, an education pavilion and Auld Brig O'Doon. A new footbridge will also be created to link key sites to the new museum.

The £21 million National Trust for Scotland project has been funded by partners including the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Ayrshire Council as well as private donations from across the world. The Scottish Government provided funding of £8.6 million.

First Minister Alex Salmond calls the museum "a lasting legacy of our year of Homecoming which celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Bard."