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A step back in time

Peebles Library Museum and Gallery


The lift to Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery is currently out of order. Hopefully this will be resolved very soon. We are open as normal and you can speak with us by emailing or phoning 01721 762333 during opening hours.

Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery is housed in a historic building dating back to the 16th century. The Chambers Institution was gifted to the town in 1859 by William Chambers, one of the founders of the famous publishing house, W & R Chambers Publishers. This striking building now hosts a vibrant museum and gallery, with permanent displays and changing exhibitions showcasing the best of the Borders and beyond, ranging from visual arts through textiles to historical interest.

Your visit is Free. Please Donate to help us keep this unique museum free to everyone. Your donation plays a vital role in helping us to improve our visitor experience.

Find out more about our 2023 Exhibitions and Events – CLICK HERE

The Chambers Room houses the extraordinary plasterwork friezes commissioned by William Chambers including a 16-metre reproduction of a section of the Parthenon Frieze. Objects on display reflect the history of the area, from a medieval pilgrimage destination to the importance of the local woollen mills in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Two galleries host a wide range of temporary history, craft and art exhibitions throughout the year.

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Accessing the Museum

CLICK HERE to view our access statement for full information on accessibility in the Museum.

Plan your visit

Free parking
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Coach Tours welcome
Partial to first floor
Disabled access
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The museum is accessible by public transport. Assistance dogs are welcome. Coach tours are welcome. Wheelchair access by lift to Library, Museum and Chambers Rooms. No wheelchair access to Gallery.

Your visit is FREE. Please DONATE.

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Chambers Institution

High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AG

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Opening Times

Open all year
  • Monday 10:00 - 15:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
  • Wednesday Closed -
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 15:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
  • Sunday Closed -
We are aware of issues with the phone line - you can also call 01896 661166