Halliwell's House Museum
Halliwell's House Museum & Gallery is now closed for the 2017 season. We are busy planning and preparing our brand new programme for 2018 and will re-open Monday 26th March. We look forward to welcoming you then!
Visit Halliwell's House Museum & Gallery in Selkirk for a truly unique and atmospheric experience. Situated in the narrow, cobbled Halliwell's Close which boasts its own 400 year old history, you'll find this unusual 18th century building which is home to one of the twelve Live Borders Museums & Galleries.
Inside you can discover more about the building, part of the oldest surviving row of dwellings in Selkirk, and learn more about the town and its long history including associations with William Wallace and with the Battle of Flodden.
The ground floor features a reconstruction of an ironmonger's shop which is crammed full with all manner of objects to evoke a bygone age whilst upstairs the internationally renowned annual Selkirk Common Riding Festival is explored and explained.
Also upstairs is The Robson Gallery which hosts a vibrant exhibition programme showing the work of local artists and makers as well as exhibitions of local and historical interest. Take a look at our Museums & Galleries 2017 to help plan your trip here and to our other sites across the Scottish Borders.
Some of this year's highlights on show at Halliwell's House include:
Take Three Sat 24 June - Sun 20 August
A celebration of the Borders landscape through work from the Permanent Fine art collection by Tom Scott RSA and William Heatlie alongside pastels by local artist Sandy Milligan
SWI 100th Anniversary Sat 26 August - Sun 10 September
A display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire 'Rural'. Demonstrations will be taking place throughout the run of this interesting exhibition.
Contemporary Selkirk Sat 16 September - Tue 31 October
The long established Selkirk Camera Club show recent photographs by members demonstrating their skills whilst highlighting more unusual aspects of the area.
Family Fun Trail
Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the displays and exhibitions of Halliwell’s House Museum. £2 per pack.
Borders Heritage Festival - Saturday 30th September 2017
As part of this year's Borders Heritage Festival we are hosting a Show & Tell and volunteering opportunity with our Live Borders Museum Reminiscence Project (Selkirk). This Remember Selkirk free event sees the launch of a new series of Loan Boxes which focus on Selkirk's past and present.
A small retail area selling reasonably priced gifts, books and souvenirs is located at the entrance to the building. Free admission though donations are welcomed.
Education and Learning
We are happy to accommodate specially arranged group visits and educational events connected with the venue, collections or exhibitions. For details or to make arrangements, please contact Assistant Curator, Phoebe Stewart 01750 726456
Access and facilities
The museum is on two floors. The upper level can be accessed via the stairway or lift, which is suitable for wheelchair users.
There are no toilet facilities, though public toilets adjoin the building.
Free, large public car park adjoins the building.