Dick Institute

Free to all

Prominent Scottish museum and gallery promoting local culture, the Dick Institute supports the rise of contemporary art within Ayrshire.

The Dick Institute is a cornerstone of cultural life in Kilmarnock. Founded in 1901, it boasts the largest museum and gallery space in Ayrshire. The institute is more than just a museum, though. It also houses East Ayrshire's central library, making it a one-stop shop for exploring history, art, and literature.

Diverse exhibits

The museum galleries showcase permanent displays that delve into East Ayrshire's social and natural history.Discover fascinating archaeological finds, explore the region's social development, and come face-to-face with intriguing objects like a 400-million-year-old scorpion fossil. Art lovers will enjoy a rotating program of temporary exhibitions featuring prominent Scottish artists alongside permanent displays from the institute's own collection.

Contemporary creativity and events

The Dick Institute embraces the present as much as the past. They actively showcase innovative work by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and young local talents. Beyond exhibits, the institute also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. These include author talks, literary festivals, and even special programs for children, like Bookbug sessions designed to foster a love of reading in young minds.

A welcoming space for all

The Dick Institute is a welcoming space for everyone. The recently refurbished building is fully accessible, with features like wheelchair access, disabled toilets, and a lift. A delightful cafe offers refreshments for visitors who need a break between exploring the exhibits and collections.

Visitor information


Dick Institute

1 Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 3BU
01563 554343

Free to all

Opening times

Tue & Wed 10.30am-5.30pm
Thu 1.30-7.30pm
Fri & Sat 10.30am-3.30pm

Closed Mondays, Sundays & public holidays


A recent refurbishment and the addition of a cafe has breathed new life into this stunning building ensuring it will continue to be enjoyed by a new generation of visitors.

Visitor information

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