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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum opened to the public on St Andrew's Day 2010. It is arranged around a 500 sqm exhibition gallery displaying many of the 5,000 artefacts in the Museum’s collection, each one telling in a lively and informative manner about Robert Burns’ life, inspiration, fame and identity. The new building also accommodates a café opening onto the beautiful mature gardens and an attractive and welcoming education room.

The new museum plays a central part in the masterplan developed to link together and enhance the experience of the different sites in Alloway relating to the poet’s life and legacy and to weave together more closely the threads telling the story of his life, his work and his heritage.

The sustainable agenda for the new museum has been achieved through the design of passive architectural systems, maximizing the use of natural, minimally processed materials and the careful integration of relevant modern technology.

The whole structure, apart from the predominantly glazed south-east elevation, is clad with untreated Scottish Douglas-fir horizontal boards sourced and processed in Moray. Each square plan is crested by a sweeping curve of green roof. The intertwined relationship of both curves makes for an exciting silhouette.

 

Project name: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
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