Great Scot! Robert Burns Birthplace museum

Plans are afoot for a new £21-million Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire to open soon. The museum will house the most significant Burns collection of its kind. It includes 5,000 historic artefacts, manuscripts and memorabilia of the poet who was born in 1759 in a clay cottage in Alloway. He died in 1796. In 2009 Scottish television viewers voted him to be The Greatest Scot of all time.

The museum will showcase different aspects of his life including his family and relationships and his influences and political beliefs. There will be an interactive Burns Supper to show how he has become a ‘cult worship figure’ for many people round the world.

The museum is a National Trust for Scotland property and the Trust has commissioned audio visual interpretations of four Robert Burns classic poems: To a Mouse, Red, Red Rose, Tam o’ Shanter and A Man’s a Man. They will be installed in the museum for visitors to listen to.

The new building single-storey has a frame of timber from locally-sourced Douglas fir and a wave-shaped turf roof. There will be a footbridge to link the museum to sites in Alloway with a connection to Burns: the Burns Monument, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns Cottage, an education pavilion and Auld Brig O’Doon.

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