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A step back in time

Peebles Library Museum and Gallery


Due to staff shortages, we will be running a reduced service in the library and museum but want to keep the service open for our customers


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.

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 woolen mills in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Two galleries host a wide range of temporary history, craft and art exhibitions throughout the year. To find out more about our 2022 exhibitions and events click here.

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Please note: we are aware of issue with the phone line – alternativey you can call 01896 661166 for assistance.

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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. There is partial disabled access to the ground floor.

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