Rozelle House Museum and Galleries
We are open all year round
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12noon – 5pm
Sales are accepted until 4.30pm
Located in picturesque Rozelle Park, Ayr, Rozelle House Museum and Galleries displays objects, artefacts and works of art from the South Ayrshire Council collections, as well as offering a changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities.
Rozelle House has been an Accredited Museum – the UK industry standard for museums and galleries - since 2003. This means we can display and exhibit South Ayrshire Council collections, as well as host exhibitions and objects on loan from other places.
Rozelle House is home to Scottish Artist Alexander Goudie’s magnificent series of paintings inspired by Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. This narrative cycle of 54 paintings was purchased by South Ayrshire Council with funding provided by the T.B. Hunter Charitable Trust, The Fraser Foundation and the Souter Foundation, and they are now part of our permanent collection. A selection of these works is on display all year; you can see all 54 works online.
Rozelle House also hosts the Ayrshire Yeomanry Museum, a small exhibition that tells the story of their history through a display of their archives, artefacts and original costume. View their history.
If you have any enquiries about Rozelle House, South Ayrshire Council’s museum collections, our exhibitions and events, or if you are interested in exhibiting with us, please contact us using the telephone number or email below.
History of Rozelle
Originally, the Royal Burgh of Ayr held the land as part of the Barony of Alloway. In 1754, to reduce the Burgh debt, the lands were sold for £2000 to Robert Hamilton, whose family’s wealth had been acquired through trade in sugar and tobacco from the West Indies.
The first mansion house was finished by 1760, created in the classical style of Robert Adam. Archibald Hamilton rebuilt the house in the 1830s to designs by the architect David Bryce. In 1837 Hamilton purchased the surrounding land, and in the following year the farms of Carcluie, Barrhill and Skellydub, to form a property which now extended to over 1900 acres. As a landlord, he showed himself a notable agricultural improver.
By the 1960s the Hamilton family’s prosperity had waned, leading to the sale of much of the surrounding land. In 1968 the House - with little of its historic interior remaining - was gifted to the Royal Burgh of Ayr, becoming the Local Authority Museum and Art Gallery. In 1975-76 the servant's quarters and stable block were converted into The Maclaurin Art Gallery with funds from the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin.
Visitor accessibility and facilities
- Accessible toilet
- Lift available from ground level to upper floors
- Parking bay for disabled visitors
- Visitor parking
- Wheelchair available upon request
- Bookable meeting spaces
Tea Room is open onsite from 9am.
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